Category Archives: Workbenches

Happy Labor Day! Forum Update 9/5

I hope that Labor Day means free time around your house and not “try to catch up day” like it it is here. I’m not complaining though. When catching up consists of picking up after a fun weekend and reading … Continue reading

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Shakers Invaded by Moravians!

Editor’s note: Below is the first post from Will Myers, a woodworker who teaches at Roy Underhill’s school and specializes in teaching a class on building a Moravian workbench and researching and reproducing Shaker pieces. Both John and I are … Continue reading

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Roman Bench Legged Up

Building this bench has been a lot more like building a daybed for a giant snake than a typical workbench. After drilling the mortises last Thursday, I got some time yesterday to cut the wedges for the legs, to kerf … Continue reading

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Roman Legs: Four or Eight?

Today I turned the first four legs for the low Roman workbench but I left my lathe set up because I might need to turn four more tomorrow. While most images I’ve come across of Roman workbenches show them made … Continue reading

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Flattening the Roman Benchtop

I only want to work each surface of this benchtop once. The slab weighs enough (approximately 115 pounds) that I have to struggle with it to get it in and out of the vise and onto the benchtop. So every … Continue reading

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The Roman Workbench Begins

This afternoon I got a good start on my first Roman workbench – a knee-high bench with almost no workholding, aside from holes for pegs or holdfasts. I’m building it using a red oak top from Will Myers, who dried … Continue reading

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A Workbench Cleat from 1826

Check out the right leg of the workbench in this 1826 plate that Jeff Burks dug up from “Les Amusemens de la Campagne” (Vol. 3) by M.A. Paulin Desormeaux. Take a look at Fig. B there. It’s a small cleat … Continue reading

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