As a part of our impending Lake Erie Toolworks website transition, we are also changing up our Workbench of the Month feature to become “Workbench Ideas”. The reason behind this is that we have over 5 years worth of amazing workbench ideas from over 60 customers that everyone can use as an inspiration for creating your own workbench masterpiece. We trust that you all will enjoy this great feature and we encourage our customers to keep the workbench ideas coming.
Our latest Workbench Idea comes to us from Allen M. from Charleston, West Virginia, who has built a tremendous Roubo style bench with an added Wagon Vise. Allen also added a great roller glide system to help support the leg vise & parallel guide mechanism. Tremendous job!
I am a huge Lake Erie fan and I’ve had two screws sitting around for almost 2 years planning my bench. I wanted to do a wooden screw wagon with a long throw. I’m a hand tool guy. You asked for the dimensions. The whole thing is mostly douglas fir (for stiffness). The bench is 59 1/2 inches long, 25 1/2 inches deep, and 34 7/16 inch tall (weird, I know, but I measured, and trimmed to fit). 4-9/16″ top of 16 raw douglas fir taken down with band, jointer, planer, etc. Laminated with Titebond 3 and clamped with Bessey. Legs are laminated down to 8×8″.Everything mortise/tenoned and drawbored. The only hardware you see is 3/4″ allthread and the vise fittings. The wagon, which is what I’m most proud, is a block of bloodwood with an ebony spacer connected to your thread with a bearing. Some exotic wood in there, etc. I have a video of the leg vise spinning like a maniac. I’m happy to provide it to you, as I’m so impressed with your screws. The first question I’m asked is, “did you make those?” and I have to say, nope, Lake Erie made them. I’m your biggest fan, so if you ever need anything, just ask. I’m “bertha” on lumberjocks.
Douglas fir workbench. Maple leg and wagon vise screws are from Lake Erie. Leg chop is figured cherry through tenoned and drawbored to cherry parallel guide. Marblewood parallel guide stop and hickory wheels turned from baseball bat blank. Crank is Goncalo with bloodwood knobs. Deadman is walnut and rides on hickory wheels. Wagon block is paduak with an ebony spacer. Rides on UHMW plastic guides. Crank is cocobolo with redheart knob. Rosewood plane stop friction fit with a dowel to raise. 3/4” allthread and titebond 3 to hold it all together. Legs and stretchers flush, all drawbored. Top handplaned but mostly machines on the rest. Holdfast from Scotty B. Brass dogs and LV plane stops. Finish is simple heated BLO.
Take care! Al