Chinquapin Modified Roubo WorkBench

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Project by Nate Kahle posted 07-12-2013 04:30 PM 3865 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to post up a few pics of my Modified Roubo style workbench made from chinquapin. I used the article in FineWoodworking’s annual Tools & Shops (issue #230) as reference for the design and for the most part size. My finished Bench dimensions are: 84” Long x 24-1/2” Deep x 4” Thick and 35” Tall.

I will do a better write up with more specifics later when i get more time, but I wanted to at least post the photos I took while building! I didn’t document every step in the build just took pics as things were coming together. I need to do a final planing of the top (it is flattened) and clean up a few of the joints then it will be ready to get a finish on it. I plan on using either OSMO PolyX-Oil or OSMO Top Oil. I am not sure which one I will use yet, I have used the PolyX Oil and like that but haven’t tried the Top Oil. If anyone has used the Top Oil and can comment on the difference for this application that would be great!

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#1 posted 07-12-2013 04:31 PM

It’s a nice bench. That one should serve you well for a good many years.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 04:34 PM

Very nice bench. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 05:31 PM

Thanks for sharing the pics. I would never have thought to use two parallel clamps in tandem like that.

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 07:34 PM

very nice bench
well done!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 09:22 PM

elegant bench, congratulations!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 09:48 PM

Nice bench!

-- Ward, Ottawa ON

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 11:19 PM

Very nice. I’ve never seen anyone use chinquapin lumber before. What was it like working with it?

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 07-12-2013 11:21 PM

Great bench.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 07-12-2013 11:56 PM

Nice looking bench Nate. The chinquapin material caught my eye. Is it readily available in Oregon, or did you have to go extra lenghts to procure it?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#10 posted 07-13-2013 12:26 AM

Great looking bench that looks like it will have a long life….great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 07-13-2013 12:47 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I will definitely post up more photos when I finish it.

Regarding the Chinquapin questions Ian; it is very easy to work with, it has a nice grain pretty straight and the knots aren’t huge! From my research it is in the same family as Beech. It’s not an exceptionally hard as far as Hardwoods go I would compare it to some of the softer verities of maple I have used although doesn’t have the same type of grain of course. The grain is definatly beech like in texture but more pink in color overall vs the tan color that I remember with Beech wood.

Greg; it wasn’t hard to source here in Oregon, I would think you should be able to get some in northern Cali, the Chinquapin I used was sourced from local trees from this direct area. My buddy picked it up for me from a smaller yard that comes and does on-site milling for you. I ended up paying $1.50 a BF for the chinquapin it was 6/4 rough and I believe ended up buying about 300bf total for this bench although there were left over pieces and I plan on making the “Benchtop Bench” that Jeff Miller also did a article on. That will work for doing dovetailing work and things like that as it has a double screw vice on the front.

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#12 posted 07-14-2013 12:03 AM

Looks solid!

-- Eric

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