As we close out 2015, we have a tremendous workbench idea that combines the best of a Roubo mixed with a Shaker Style bench from Jeff J. who hails from Noblesville, Indiana. This is one fine workbench that has plenty of storage for Jeff’s tools but also plenty of capacity & space to clamp whatever is being built.
Dear Sirs, my son finally convinced me to send pictures to you of the workbench I built 3 years ago with lumber that I accidentally stumbled onto while attending a small Estate Auction. I was able to purchase 14 pieces of 3” x 5” x 80” rough cut maple boards for $100 and decided at that time to build the workbench I had always dreamed of building.
I spent the next weekend planing and finishing the wood and assembling the frame and top. My son helped me assemble the main bench with recessed lag bolts which are covered with 1/8” thick walnut plugs which allow the workbench to be broken down for moving at a later date if necessary.
The following two weekends were spent building the center drawers and storage compartments for all of my wood working hand tools and wood planes.
This storage cabinet measures 19” tall x 24” deep x 58” long and consists of 12 individual sliding drawers with the main carcass being built from 3/4 birch plywood. The face frame was built from walnut and the drawer fronts were built from walnut and curly maple with solid brass knobs. The back side of the storage cabinet was partitioned off into 9 individual shelf areas for storage of my larger wood planes. Another weekend was spent mounting the leg vise and end vise and putting the final touches to the project.
The workbench stands 34” tall and is 30” wide by 72” long and weighs in at a hefty and very stable 450 pounds. The workbench was finished off with several coats of boiled linseed oil while the drawer fronts were finished with several coats of clear satin polyurethane finish. The workbench has become the centerpiece of my woodworking shop and the envy of all of my woodworking friends.
Jeff J. – Noblesville, Indiana