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04-06-2013 08:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pine traditional work bench

This is my Ruobo based workbench. I can’t say enough good things about this bench. Don’t know how I managed without it for 5 years during the early years. I built it in 2009, and added the end vise in 2012.

-- Peace be with you!

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 09:25 AM

Looks awesome.

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 09:28 AM

Best of luck and i think you will definitely complete your target. Welcome to Lumber Jocks Community.

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 01:02 PM

And a fine bench it is.

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 01:07 PM

Exceptional workbench and looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 01:07 PM

I wish I had the room for a beast like that. Nice…......

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#6 posted 04-06-2013 01:59 PM

awesome bench,when you get done you wanna start on

welcome to lumberjocks!!!!

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 02:53 PM

Very,very nice bench! What wood did you use on it and how long did it take you put it together? Got any build pictures?

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 03:03 PM

Woodsy man, that is one fine looking bench you have built there! I have no doubt it will aid in enhancing your journey! Enjoy! JB

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 03:12 PM

That is exceptional! It’s how I wanted mine to look when I was done. Too bad for me it didn’t turn out as nice as yours! How are you liking the cleat so close to the leg vise? I was thinking of doing that on mine but haven’t yet, kinda worried it would get in the way…?

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 04:42 PM

Well done sir.

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 04:58 PM

Thanks crew! Very nice hearing from you, glad to join the community here.
I always use the cleat/crochet along with the sliding deadman when edge planing boards/doors. I opted to lag screw the tenons and cleat rather than pegging so it’s a bit easier to knock down. There isn’t one feature to this bench that I haven’t utilized extensively. I didn’t take a lot of photos during construction, that is one of those practices I need to adopt to all projects and probably need to start a blog with that type information. This bench only cost around $300 in materials to build, wood is pine throughout. The only parts that aren’t pine are the front vise and crochet, both of white oak. Probably have more time gluing up parts than actual construction on this bench, but I estimate around 40hrs on it after all the work with the initial build, maybe another 8 or so on adding the end vice. If you enjoy working w/ hand tools, a bench like this will change the game radically.
Thanks to the team at Popular Woodworking for the article in a 2008 issue (not sure which one now). I built this bench specifically from the article in their magazine, the article was based on a Ruobo bench. Their design didn’t include an end vise, but I’d highly recommend adding one, they are extremely handy when used alone or with bench dogs/holds.
I’ve considered building and selling these, just because the market is pretty limited for work benches and they all seem fairly light. I want to know my bench will stay put when pushing the planes. Weighing in probably around 400lbs, she’s not going anywhere. But, shipping would probably cost more than to build.

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#12 posted 04-08-2013 05:47 PM

Thanks for the additional info…I have to say it again—-wow. Very nice work.

-- Steve

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