This winter I will be leading the construction of a new workbench for the local woodworking club, of which I am a member. The new workbench will replace the rickety purchased bench that has been in the club's workrshop far to long.Rather than draw plans from which the members will construct the bench I decided to build a 1/2 scale model. The bench is based on John Tetrault's Modified Roubo Bench (from Fine Woodworking Magazine). In particular I liked the wedged dovetail through tenon that connects the stretchers to the legs. Building the scale model gave me an opportunity to understand how to construct this joint.The model is made from poplar door casing cut-offs the where planed to a 1/2 inch thickness and laminated together to make up the pieces. The model is 17 inches high, 30 inches long and 10 inches wide. This will translate into a full size bench that is 34 inches high, 60 inches long and 20 – 24 inches wide (to be determined).I photographed the model with my WoodRiver #1 plane to help create the illusion of a larger bench. I also included pictures of the 1/2 scale model alongside the traditional Roubo bench on my workshop.The model can come apart(no glue) so that the joinery can be inspected. It is held together with wedges, pinned tenons or screws.I'll post pictures of the full sized workbench when it is completed.
We made the stepstool in our woods 1 class. We used 5/4 X 8 Cedar to make it out of. We used pocket holes for the joints, CNC router for the top, and used a roundover bit for the top and legs. We used 3 coats of tung oil for the finish.
My son and his wife came home for our Christmas celebration. He asked after we got done with dinner and opening gifts if he and i could make a step up to put in front of the walnut crib i made for my granddaughter. He and his wife are expecting again and she is having a hard time reaching over the front of the crib the bigger she gets. They just wanted something simple so this is what we came up withi went through my wood and found a piece of spalted maple 2 inches thick by 12 inches wide and cut it to 36 inches long. the legs are 7 inches tall for a total height of 9 inches tall. this should be all she need to get the baby over the rail. i wanted it to be heavy enough that it wouldnt tip when she stepped up on it but not so heavy she couldnt move it around if needed.My sone and i had a great day in the shop but didnt quite get it finished before he had to head home so i finished it up for him this morning, Now to make arrangements to get it to him.This is my first project using spalted maple but ti won't be my last. Walnut is the wood i reach for first but i think this maple might be a close second. the step if finished with 5 coats of clear satin laquer. im really happy with the fiinished project