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What is essential in a good woodworking bench? V2.1

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    Hi Guys

    Jim @bethepro told me that the last version of this (v2) was accidentally eaten by a glitch – hopefully it can be restored so all that great content isn’t lost

    However, it was a great topic, and we have a few members planning their builds or partway through their builds.

    Hope to see progress shots again, and all the ways you put those great tools to work building the biggest of the builds most people will ever do.

    @r-ice @smallerstick @58chev Where are you guys up to now?

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    #565867
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Here is the old thread, thought we could continue our discussions in this one.
    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/what-is-essential-in-a-good-woodworking-bench/

    @smallerstick, was wondering after seeing a few workbenches, was there a reason why you chose one with the legs sitting on top of piece of wood heading from back to front? I was planning on just leaving the legs just sit right on the floor.

    #565970
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Here is the old thread, thought we could continue our discussions in this one.
    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/what-is-essential-in-a-good-woodworking-bench/

    @smallerstick, was wondering after seeing a few workbenches, was there a reason why you chose one with the legs sitting on top of piece of wood heading from back to front? I was planning on just leaving the legs just sit right on the floor.

    Simply a style choice. My old workbench was built that way and nostalgia was in play. Traditional workbenches usually are constructed that way. The legs straight to the floor is a Roubo style imo.

    BE the change you want to see.
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    #565972

    Here is the old thread, thought we could continue our discussions in this one.
    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/what-is-essential-in-a-good-woodworking-bench/

    @smallerstick, was wondering after seeing a few workbenches, was there a reason why you chose one with the legs sitting on top of piece of wood heading from back to front? I was planning on just leaving the legs just sit right on the floor.

    Simply a style choice. My old workbench was built that way and nostalgia was in play. Traditional workbenches usually are constructed that way. The legs straight to the floor is a Roubo style imo.

    The leg footing is a holdover from trestle construction, and so very common in regions where trestle was a style

    Roubo is a french style, and similar styles can be found in most predominantly catholic places. Here in quebec, old benches show their french roots, whereas in Amish territory, you see the germanic/dutch influence

    #565974
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Here is the old thread, thought we could continue our discussions in this one.
    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/what-is-essential-in-a-good-woodworking-bench/

    @smallerstick, was wondering after seeing a few workbenches, was there a reason why you chose one with the legs sitting on top of piece of wood heading from back to front? I was planning on just leaving the legs just sit right on the floor.

    Simply a style choice. My old workbench was built that way and nostalgia was in play. Traditional workbenches usually are constructed that way. The legs straight to the floor is a Roubo style imo.

    The leg footing is a holdover from trestle construction, and so very common in regions where trestle was a style

    Roubo is a french style, and similar styles can be found in most predominantly catholic places. Here in quebec, old benches show their french roots, whereas in Amish territory, you see the germanic/dutch influence

    Good point, Eric, my old bench came from a shed in Tavistock, right in the heart of German settlement in Ontario. Trestle legs with a top anchored only by a couple of dowels.

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    #566000
    Doobie
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    my old bench came from a shed in Tavistock, right in the heart of German settlement in Ontario. Trestle legs with a top anchored only by a couple of dowels.

    Now that’s got a lot of character worked into that one. Did you get it used of added the ‘character’ yourself over the years.

    #566005
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    my old bench came from a shed in Tavistock, right in the heart of German settlement in Ontario. Trestle legs with a top anchored only by a couple of dowels.

    Now that’s got a lot of character worked into that one. Did you get it used of added the ‘character’ yourself over the years.

    Oh, it was very well used when I found it back in the 70’s. It was sitting in a foot of water in an old drive shed, covered in paint cans, junk and old tools. I rebuilt parts of the base a few years after I found it to improve the stability and get rid of a bit of rot.

    Judging by the hardware and fasteners, I estimated it was from the last part of the 19th century. The top was a single maple board.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #566039
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    Judging by the hardware and fasteners, I estimated it was from the last part of the 19th century. The top was a single maple board.

    @smallerstick,
    Hope you kept some of that hardware to incorporate into your current workbench? Now that would be a nice touch.

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    #566158
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Judging by the hardware and fasteners, I estimated it was from the last part of the 19th century. The top was a single maple board.

    @smallerstick,
    Hope you kept some of that hardware to incorporate into your current workbench? Now that would be a nice touch.

    The bench was sold when we moved from Northern Ontario. I’m sure it’s still in use today. There was nothing wrong with it.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #566202
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Here is the old thread, thought we could continue our discussions in this one.
    http://bethepro.com/forums/topic/what-is-essential-in-a-good-woodworking-bench/

    @smallerstick, was wondering after seeing a few workbenches, was there a reason why you chose one with the legs sitting on top of piece of wood heading from back to front? I was planning on just leaving the legs just sit right on the floor.

    Simply a style choice. My old workbench was built that way and nostalgia was in play. Traditional workbenches usually are constructed that way. The legs straight to the floor is a Roubo style imo.

    The leg footing is a holdover from trestle construction, and so very common in regions where trestle was a style

    Roubo is a french style, and similar styles can be found in most predominantly catholic places. Here in quebec, old benches show their french roots, whereas in Amish territory, you see the germanic/dutch influence

    that makes more sense, I was just curious if there was more of a sturdiness idea behind it vs aesthetics.

    #568133
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    Here is part 2 of the Nicholson bench build … Really good work here.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #568156
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Here is part 2 of the Nicholson bench build … Really good work here.

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    I’ve been watching this one and i quite like the nicholson style, eventually when i need a second or third bench, i’ll have to branch out and make different styles.

    #568231

    Here is part 2 of the Nicholson bench build … Really good work here.

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    Good one. Beautiful bench too.

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    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #568233

    Not my taste as a design but the execution is excellent

    #569528
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    #569530

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    Looking great! 5X3 should be a good size, and you can always plate it if you ever want to

    For fun, heres where mine was at that stage

    #569535
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    Glad to see you are back at it. Gonna be some nice weather for working outside.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #569536

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    Waiting for glue to dry is always exciting. That looks like a nice beefy top and I think the legs size you are thinking of will be great!

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #569537
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    Looking great! 5X3 should be a good size, and you can always plate it if you ever want to

    For fun, heres where mine was at that stage

    wow yours looks more like they were 5 inch by 5 inch. I am debating if i want to do a mortise and tenon to fit the top to the legs or just use a nice 1 to 2 inch dowel on each leg and support drill in to the bottom of the top and the top of the legs

    #569538

    well working on my workbench again today

    Thinking the legs will be 5 inch by 3 inch, should be more than robust.

    Looking great! 5X3 should be a good size, and you can always plate it if you ever want to

    For fun, heres where mine was at that stage

    wow yours looks more like they were 5 inch by 5 inch. I am debating if i want to do a mortise and tenon to fit the top to the legs or just use a nice 1 to 2 inch dowel on each leg and support drill in to the bottom of the top and the top of the legs

    I ended up removing those top tenons and using dowels – the mortises were too much work

    Those were almost 6 x 6 at that stage. Ive added more wood to them since, because I wanted a stripe of walnut on each leg. About 8 X 5.5 now on the finished bench

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