French Workbench

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Project by Mauricio posted 02-25-2013 02:41 AM 11628 views 51 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed my workbench! It is inspired by Roy Underhill’s “Roubo” and other antique examples of French benches I’ve found online.

I started it over a year ago. However, there were other projects in between, not the least of these was learning how to make my own wooden screws!

I blogged about the whole build, here is a link to the series with all the details.

The top started out as a 2.75” rustic oak table. As mentioned I made the wooden screws myself (a huge mountain to climb itself), I made the wagon vise out of a LV Screw with a hand wheel added.

Both vises hold incredibly well.

Most of the rest of the wood was Red Oak I already had on hand from a guy who cut up a tree that fell in his yard in Tennessee more than 10yrs ago.

Stretchers are QSWO a got a great deal on.

Thanks to all the lumberjocks who lent their support in so many ways. Too many to even list out.

I can’t wait to put this thing to use and make all the things I’ve been putting off!

Thanks for looking!


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 02:43 AM

Definitely a favorite of mine. Can’t wait to see it in action in the future! Great work

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 02:43 AM

Been waiting on this for quite awhile! Great job, Maur!

-- Jason K

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 02:49 AM

That turned out awesome Maur.Looks great.I like the wagon alot.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 02:50 AM

Dood! The nicest bench in ages. You’ve done an extraordinary job on this, so enjoy it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 02:55 AM

Super Nice project….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 02:58 AM

Looks like a fine piece of furniture rather than a place to do woodworking on. I’d be afraid to scratch it.

Nice job on the build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 03:00 AM

As I said in your blog, it’s too beautiful to use.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 03:06 AM

Thanks for all the great comments guys!

Don’t worry, its red oak which I have a love hate relationship with. It will be beat up… In fact I beat it up quite a bit in the process of making it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 03:23 AM

Awesome Bench! Ever since I saw Roy’s episodes on the French Bench I have said, If I ever get a chance to build a bench that’s the type I want. Great Job!!

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 03:29 AM

One beautiful bench, one heck of a journey. Well done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 03:54 AM

This is an awesome bench. I have really enjoyed watching you build it. Thanks for posting it!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 03:57 AM

Inspirational, you have done a marvelous job. The splayed legs really set it apart.

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 04:04 AM

Amazing! I love it! Now get busy using it!! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 04:12 AM

I appreciate your persistence in making the screw for your vise, very

Congratulations Mauricio on a job well done.

In the favorite folder, yeppers.

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#15 posted 02-25-2013 04:15 AM

I’m with Smitty, less talk more hammering.
She is a fine looking bench to look at.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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