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Project by Dimensions posted 11-20-2019 02:56 AM 921 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i’ve been wanting to build this bench for quite a while now. As i progress in my woodworking journey i find myself gravitating more and more towards hand tools and hand cut joinery. So i decided i needed to build my first “real bench” I did a lot of research and settled on this design from Chris from the Third Coast Craftsman, that incorporates the English Nicholson and French Roubo styles. I modified his design slightly to add my own spin and design elements. This maximizes the potential for workholding options and gives you several use case scenarios depending on the project you are working on. Adding the Vises, sliding deadman, and traditional as well as scandinavian holdfast adds to those possibilities. I still have to layout and drill all the dog holes in the top and i plan to add a few more features down the road. If you want to see the build process you can check out the full project video here:

http://bit.ly/BestWorkbenchEver

-- Get better every day!





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 11-20-2019 06:39 AM

Nice solid looking bench. It’s good you added your twist to it, or down the road you may wish you had. Being a first bench though it’s possible there will be a remake, or another all together once you start using it, and find the little things, always something.

I always look at that space under the top, and yours has a lot of free open space. I like a chest under a bench, keeps all the necessaries right at the ready. Any plans for that?

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Dimensions

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#2 posted 11-20-2019 11:15 AM

Steve, thanks for the compliments and checking out the build!

I’m quite sure that after a year or two of use I’ll find things i would like to do differently and that will most likely lead to another bench down the road.

I don’t plan to add a tool chest beneath the top ( for now) as i have a well stocked tool wall that houses most of my hand tools and it is right behind the bench in my shop.

Thanks for the feedback and taking the time to check it out and comment ! I value the feedback from the LJ quite a LOT!

-- Get better every day!

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EarlS

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 12:35 PM

That thing is beast!!! Looks solid with a bit of flair. I like it. Did you buy a plan or make your own?

Every time I see one of these, I’m reminded that I want/need one, but I need to figure out a way to incorporate my table saw into the design to help conserve space in the shop.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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swirt

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 02:19 PM

Great looking bench. Seems like a nice design.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 03:28 PM

I watched the video of you building the work bench. Great video, and you did a great job on the construction of the bench. It turned out beautiful…..There’s nothing quite like building your own work bench. I’ve built 4 benches, and they have been a “necessary evil” in my shop. Thanks for posting the video, and thanks for posting the bench…!!

-- " There's a better way to do it.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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pottz

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 03:35 PM

ditto to all said their is nothing more useful and satisfying than making your own bench.that one should serve you well for many tears to come.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 11-20-2019 06:21 PM

Very nice build. The wheels on the legs cought my eye. In my small space everything in my shop must be moveable. Did you just copy a design and modify to suit or did you buy some plans? If you did buy, how would you rate them? As new as I am to this I think I am going to need some good plans to follow.

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BurlyBob

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 10:20 PM

That’s a great looking bench. Do I ever want to start one of those. Maybe next year.

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pottz

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#9 posted 11-20-2019 10:25 PM



Very nice build. The wheels on the legs cought my eye. In my small space everything in my shop must be moveable. Did you just copy a design and modify to suit or did you buy some plans? If you did buy, how would you rate them? As new as I am to this I think I am going to need some good plans to follow.

- controlfreak


im the same i just ordered a set of those made from urethane on amazon for 46.00 bucks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Dimensions

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#10 posted 11-20-2019 10:50 PM

Thanks to all for all the kind words! I put a LOT of time and work into this Project.

I am still working on the plans but i currently have an Instructable up here:https://www.instructables.com/id/Hybrid-Workbench-RouboNicholson/

When i finish the plans theyll be available for free to download on my website.

The casters i used are from Woodcraft for $87 they are working Great!

It was greatly satisfying and rewarding to finally get this project off my to-do list and addedd to my to-done list!

Im sure i will find things i want to modify on it over time that will most likely lead to another one in a couple years, but incorporating the two styles was a good fit for me and my work flow.

Thanks again for all the feedback , it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

-- Get better every day!

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-21-2019 12:48 PM

Nice bench. I like modifications to plans…it shows creative thinking!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 11-21-2019 11:17 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-27-2019 01:11 AM

OK, I admit it. I just flat ass want this thing… Really cool

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Dimensions

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#14 posted 11-27-2019 04:47 PM

OK, I admit it. I just flat ass want this thing… Really cool

Thanks dannmarks, Get out there and Build one! lol jk it took me over a year of planning and accumulating materials to do this build. It didnt have to , i just always have too much going on. Now that i have it I’m SOOOO glad i built it!

-- Get better every day!

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