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Project by wcunning posted 09-29-2019 08:49 PM 1411 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working towards building a workbench for years, and it’s gone through a number of design revisions and modifications since the inception, but this bench has been in my basement for a little over a year now, and I dearly love it.

The top is two glue laminated slabs of 2×6 dimensional lumber from Home Depot held together by threaded rod, washers and nuts. The frame is glue laminated 2×4 to approximate Will Meyers’ moravian workbench design, with slight modifications to the dimensions to make life easier. There is no complicated joinery to make those legs—everything was cut on the compound mitre saw and glued together as a single unit, other than the 15* through mortise, which was augered and chopped in the standard fashion.

The only real departure from the original design is that this bench uses 3/8” steel plate for the wedges, with sheet steel wear plates on the legs to prevent the possibility of having the wedge crush into the leg. According to a Woodwright’s Shop episode with Will Meyers, this is the most likely mode of failure for this bench, so I expect that mine could probably hold something in the neighborhood of 15000# without issue (mostly due to the load capacity of the 2×4 in the legs and the span of the 2×6 top).

Finally, I have a C Massey quick release lever action vise for a face vise. The biggest issue with it to-date is that the wooden moveable jaw keeps pulling out from the leverage of being so much higher than the metal part of the vise. This means that the lever arm at the top of the wooden portion of the jaw down to the top edge of the metal portion is quite long and has pulled out the screws holding the wooden liner more than once. I might need to go with something stouter than pine to avoid this in the future.

All in all, I quite love this bench, even though it sort of defeats the point of portability when the raw bench is over 400# without anything on it. I can hardly even handle the top slab halves by myself, much less the whole top. Still, I can actually take this bench with me when I move, where a Roubo would have been built in place and never fit out the doors.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-29-2019 11:33 PM

Real nice workbench!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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wcunning

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#2 posted 10-02-2019 07:08 PM


Real nice workbench!!

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim!

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