Category Archives: Workbenches

Roubo Workbench: By Hand & Power

The massive French workbench we sold yesterday here on the blog is the subject of an upcoming video on building traditional slab workbenches. Woodworker Will Myers and I built the bench in only three days. And even though we both … Continue reading

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Roubo Bench for Sale – SOLD

Note: This bench sold before lunch yesterday. Thanks for everyone’s interest. This week Will Myers, John and I are building a massive slab workbench in the Roubo style for an upcoming video (more on the video later). We’re just about … Continue reading

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Shelf or Not?

When I built my Roubo bench several years back, I added the customary shelf between the stretchers. I mostly use this area for clamp storage more than tools. For whatever reason, it also tends to also attract scraps of wood, … Continue reading

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Factory-fresh Levard Workbench

While picking up some work from Steamwhistle Letterpress, the owner, Brian Stuparyk, said he had a workbench to show me. Brian’s letterpress shop is where all manner of interesting mechanisms end up, including printing presses, woodworking machines and machinist tools. … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Issue 2 of Mortise & Tenon

Joshua Klein and company are working hard on the second issue of Mortise & Tenon magazine, and from all accounts it looks like it’s going to be another fine issue. They’ll start taking pre-publication orders on Nov. 1 here, which … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of the Holy Roman Workbench

Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine has posted a video tour of the 1505 Holy Roman Workbench that was filmed at Woodworking in America last month. Roy Underhill has also shot an episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” about both of … Continue reading

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The Palm, the Ban Qi and “The Young Mechanic”

Several commenters to yesterday’s post about the origin of the  Chinese planning stop, known as the palm, offered some additional information and a Western version. In the wheelwright’s shop shown in the 12th-century scroll “Qingming shanhe tu” we see a … Continue reading

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