Category Archives: Workbenches

2 Quick Workbench Items

During the Christmas season, we get asked to endorse and promote a lot of products, which is not something I am inclined to do. I publish a yearly Anarchist’s Gift Guide on my Popular Woodworking Magazine blog, but those are … Continue reading

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Make a Roubo Grease Box

I have always wanted to make one of these grease boxes for the underside of a workbench. Knowing me, however, I’d probably keep paraffin in it instead of tallow. I learned to handplane using paraffin (which has no smell) as … Continue reading

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Add a Drawer to the Roubo Workbench

Most drawers attached to the benchtop of a workbench get in the way of clamping, the bench dogs or the holdfasts. And so when I build a workbench for a customer, I typically omit the drawer (with their permission, of … Continue reading

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“And good chips, from that old block.”

I follow one of Britain’s National Trust blogs that specializes in chinoiserie. Through the blog I was familiar with Erddig, a very popular National Trust site, outside of Wrexham in Wales. What I didn’t know was how the painting above … Continue reading

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The Train Wreck is Behind You

I don’t sleep as well when I have French workbench in pieces in my shop. Even a little wood movement in the joints can make assembly a bear, or at least a ticked-off warthog. Yesterday I fit the legs in … Continue reading

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Green Wood & Workbenches

The question of whether early workbenches were built from green wood or seasoned wood has a simple answer: yes. But what was the common practice? For that question, I turned to A.J. Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier” for the simple reason … Continue reading

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Hermit’s Journal: Day 2

Late Friday John and I arrived home after six days of backbreaking but inspiring work at the French Oak Roubo Project put on by Benchcrafted and Bo Childs of Barnesville, Ga. It was my last scheduled trip until an indeterminate … Continue reading

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