Building a workbench

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workbench 3Shortly after I completed the anvil stand I began work on my workbench. The concept is to create a multifunction bench that can serve as a spoke shave bench, carving bench, and utility bench.

The concept grew years ago from watching Roy Underhill on the Woodrights Shop. I have discovered several of his videos on YouTube and am really finding his work fascinating. For those not familiar with Roy’s work he is a dedicated craftsman and thrives to teach others how to woodcraft without the use of power tools.

I decided to keep this bench simple by using several techniques and avoiding the use of modern fasteners such as nails and screws. The legs are fastened by mortise and tenon, and then the leg support use a double mortise and wedge to secure the side tenons.

My goal was to build this project using one 6 x 6 x 8 landscape tie, but due to some lack of attention to detail I messed up my original cut patterns and ended up shorting myself a 2 x 6 x 4 board.

Workbench1  Workbench 2

The photos display how I have the legs fastened to the work surface. This is not a traditional shop style workbench, but more of a bodgers bench that can be fitted with several attachments for carving, spokeshave, and a vise for holding small things while working on them. This also will be used for some basic joinery and planing as the need arises.

This came together pretty quick and I have now been using this for several months. The thing I like most about this style of bench is it’s multi-functionality and versatility. I can easily fit a piece to use the spoke shave or clamp a board to plane on this as well as using it for a saw-horse. I am proud of this piece and will be certain that it will find a permanent home in my shop.

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