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Roubo Workbench Build – Part 2 of 2 from Crafted Workshop

The Roubo Workbench Build (Part 2 of 2) is now complete and has been posted online by Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop.  The overall video and direction provided by Johnny for both Parts 1 and 2 of this very informative series are fantastic.

While Part 1 of this video series covered the workbench top and wagon vise installation, Part 2 focuses on the leg & stretcher portion of the Roubo Workbench along with the leg vise and chop build and installation.  The end product – an amazing and very functional workbench.  The plans are also available for purchase on the Crafted Workshop website as well.

Great job Johnny!

Roubo Workbench, Wagon Vise, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise, Crafted Workshop

 

Roubo Workbench Build From Crafted Workshop

One of the things that we’ve needed to do for a long time now was to make a good video on how to build a Roubo Workbench using our Lake Erie Toolworks wooden wagon and leg vise kits.

I guess we can check this one off the list now as our good friend Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop has done an amazing job with this fantastic Roubo build video (Part 1 of 2).  He will also be adding the workbench build plans for sale to his website very soon along with the Part 2 of 2 video to finish up the workbench.

Great job Johnny – job very well done!

Roubo Workbench, Lake Erie Toolworks, Crafted Workshop, Wagon Vise, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Tips For Gluing Up Flat Panels

Ernie Conover just released his latest gluing techniques video sponsored by Woodworkers Journal & Titebond Glue and he gives a solid & positive review of our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Look at it this way, you spend many hours designing and building your woodworking masterpiece.  The last thing you want to do is to have a panel glue joint fail on you as it kind of defeats the purpose of all of those hours of sawing, dovetailing, mortise & tenoning, sanding and finishing.  Not a bad idea to take a few extra minutes to make sure that you are clamping your panels with the proper glue-up pressure to ensure the best glue-joint.

So if you want to take the guesswork out of glue-ups and achieve the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible, take a look at our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Note: We are about midway through the video.  Good stuff!

Lake Erie Toolworks, ClampGAUGE System, Panel Glue Ups

Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

Red Oak Roubo Workbench Kits – That’s the Ticket

As you decide which workbench style is right for you and if a Roubo is where you are headed, we suggest you take a look at our good friends from Re-Co Bklyn to consider their green Red Oak Roubo Workbench Kits.

These green (partially air dried) Red Oak workbench kits feature a slab bench top, legs, stretchers and chop, custom sized by you and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. This lumber has also been harvested from reclaimed trees from the metro New York City Area.  Great for the environment and great for you.

Roubo Workbench Kit

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We also know that Christopher Schwarz is a fan of Slab workbench construction, and has had great success building this type of workbench, so it must be good.  Plus it will save you the time and effort of having to glue up a workbench top – which is no small amount of work.

Frankly, the only other choice you’ll have to make here if you decide to pursue this bench kit is for which type of vise to marry up with your red oak chop to power this workbench.  If your choice happens to be a fully wooden vise screw kit, we know some people that can hook you up there.

Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

Workbenches – Which Path Do I Follow?

When a woodworker makes that fateful decision to build their own workbench, the next logical step is – what style of workbench do I build?  Roubo, Nicholson, Moravian, Scandinavian, etc.

Then there’s the many other factors such as: what type of wood should I use, what type of finish do I need, how tall or wide should it be, should it be a solid permanent workbench or a knock-down transportable type, how much should it weigh, what kind of vises should I use, and the list goes on.

It also might be heresy for me to say, but a fully wooden vise screw & nut isn’t always the proper choice for every woodworker given their own personal situation. There are times & circumstances when a metal vise screw is the best way to go.

The short answer to what type of Workbench you should pursue is, IT DEPENDS.

It depends on many factors such as:

  • Hand tool work or Power tool work (or a mix)
  • How much are you looking to spend (a lot or a little)
  • Will it be stationary or do you need to transport it frequently
  • Are you building small bird houses & gifts or large ornate furniture
  • Planning to do lots of joinery (dovetails, tenons, etc.) or not much at all
  • Are you working in a small apartment or a sprawling workshop
  • etc, etc, etc.

By giving all of this a lot of honest thought and after a bunch of research using the many fine workbench building resources that are out there (Books, DVDs, Websites), you will eventually land on a workbench path that you must follow.  The key is that everyone should chart their own personal path to their own workbench nirvana.

Until then, I’d like to point you to some additional resources that you can find on our “Links/Info” section of our Lake Erie Toolworks website.  First off, we have a section called “Workbench Ideas” that has a huge number of workbench styles for you to peruse & consider on your path to personal discovery.

We also have several links for you to follow to check out Will Myer’s workbench builds for his Roubo, Nicholson and Moravian Style Workbenches.  There’s also a link to a Workbench video series from Paul Sellers that I think many of you will find very informative.

We’ll keep adding more informative detail on our “Links/Info” page of our website in the future to help you in your quest, but until then, keep on driving until you find the right exit ramp to your own ultimate Workbench destination,

Best regards,

Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

 

Woodworking saved my life and now it’s my duty and honor to pay it forward

We’ve been working with Shawn Mancera to gain a better perspective and understanding of the very real impact that our veterans face upon returning home from combat duty overseas trying to re-adjust to a normal life.  

With this in mind, Shawn has embraced woodworking as a way to make a difference not only in his life, but also in helping many other veterans truly find their way back home. We encourage all of our woodworking audience to read the following and to help out as you may deem appropriate.  Let’s help both Shawn and all of our returning veterans make a positive difference in their lives.

My name is Shawn Mancera.  I’m a Marine Corps combat veteran (2 tours in Afghanistan). After serving my country proudly for 8 years I came home… well at least physically. On the inside I was a wreck.  I had flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety living with TBI (traumatic brain injury) due to an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

To top it off my mother (my hero who raised me without my father) suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.  Suicide seemed to be the only way out of this hell on earth… that is until a VA counselor introduced me to woodworking.  I instantly fell in love with it.  I became totally immersed in the task before me, forgetting everything else, including the unwanted memories.

Woodworking saved my life and now it’s my duty and honor to pay it forward and save the lives of other veterans living with PTSD.  With the little money I had I invested in a small workshop, composed mostly of salvaged and restored tools, and opened it up to veterans.  Learning to use hand tools to create a piece of furniture is a small part of what my workshop does for veterans suffering from myriad wounds inflicted during combat.

The time spent in my shop provides an opportunity for these veterans to develop new memories in a non-war context and a place that helps them ease back into their civilian community.  I understand first handed the positive attributes physical creativity has on the unseen scars of war. They can concentrate on something other than the battlefield. It gets them out of the house, offers validation, makes them feel accepted and lets them band together with others who know what they’re going through.

I recruit veterans by posting ads around the West L.A. Veterans Affairs Hospital, local veterans’ centers, and within the veteran’s housing community in which I live.  If you would like to help me help Veterans by donating any tools (new or used, dented, rusty it doesn’t matter) it would help tremendously. I would be forever grateful.  We cannot accept monetary donations, but we welcome gift cards to stores which carry woodworking tools/supplies.

The workshop address is:

2309 blue butterfly way

San Pedro CA 90732

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at shawnmichaelmancera@gmail.com