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November 23, 2011

Roubo Workbench build day three.

And I should be done.  However I have been distracted several times so I am behind schedule.

The top is completed with the square catch hole [made the wooden part of the catch] and all holdfast holes are drilled.  The legs are all joined with dovetail and rectangular tenons on the top and the 2″ by 4″ mortises on the legs to receive the stretchers.  I also drilled the holes in the front legs for holdfasts.  The stretchers are 4″ by 4″ with a 1″ by 3″ rabbit on the inside to accept the boards for the storage shelf.  The ends of the stretchers are tenoned off and all dry fit up.

I made the chisel rack, will finish up the crochet, the iron for the catch and grease cup today and will try and finish the drawer as well, but no guarantees on that one.

This bench is built on speculation, it will be for sale and I will not be using the bench, my personal bench is a Nicholson, English through and through.

I will post construction pictures and finished pictures on the next post, after the holiday.



  1. You really know how to humble a guy, Stephen!! I can’t wait to see the photos! I’m still chipping away at my bench build.

    Comment by Vic Hubbard — November 23, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Fastest Roubo Builder In The West

    Comment by Gary Roberts — November 23, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Your mention of your Nicholson workbench caught my eye. I volunteer in the reenactment carpenter shop at Fort Vancouver NHS

    where we try to interpret the place in the Hudson’s Bay Co. era, 1825-1846. The two benches in the reconstructed shop are fairly faithful reproductions of Nicholson’s design, as seen in Plate XII of “Mechanic’s Companion.” There is the one planing stop opposite the vise, but no holes in the top for benchdogs, holdfasts or other fixtures. Does yours have holes in the top, other than the single planing stop?

    Comment by Tom Holloway — December 2, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  4. Vic,
    By now you realize this is a 12th scale model, so don’t feel bad.

    Yes I am!

    Yes mine does have holes in the top as I need them for holdfasts, dogs and mounting my patternmaker’s vise on top. I do not have a permanent face vise on this bench. The one I built at Conner Prairie did have one and holes on top as well as the apron.



    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 2, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

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