Announcing our October 2011 Workbench of the Month

Adding our October 2011 Workbench of the Month from Brian H. of Indianapolis, Indiana to our Lake Erie Toolworks Blog for ease of access and historical awareness.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, leg vise, wood vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, leg vise, wood vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, leg vise, wood vise

Dear Lake Erie Toolworks,

I recently finished a Roubo style workbench, heavily patterned after those built by Christopher Schwarz. Here are some of the details.

Bench Stats:
Top: 26” x 7’ 6” x 5 ½”
Legs: 5 ½” x 6”
Stretchers: 2 ½” x 4 ½”
Height: 42”
Weight: 490 lbs

Materials:
The majority of the bench is Southern Yellow Pine. Walnut was used as accents, for the front laminate, deadman, tool rack, end caps, and for the leg vise chop. The walnut is from a tree on my parents’ midwest farm from four decades ago. It had fallen and was sectioned by my brother in the dead of winter, when its covering of poison ivy was quite inconspicuous–inconspicuous until my brother got the worst case of poison ivy in his life! I built this bench with wood with a family history to it because I will pass this bench onto my sons when they are grown.

Hardware:
Lake Erie Premium Wood Vice Screw kit. This robust wood screw was a fantastic addition to the bench and really gives it a nostalgic look and feel. The brass garter is a great upgrade. The tenacious grip from this powerful vice is very satisfying and workholding problems are a fading memory now.

Finish:
Boiled linseed oil, polyurethane, paint thinner. 1 part of each.

Sincerely,
Brian H. – Indianapolis, Indiana