A first picture of the first prototype of my workbench:


For obvious cost reasons it is entirely made of pine with the exception of the vice jaws which are made of maple. Base and side sections are hollow to reduce cost and create storage space. The bench is 150 cm long, 38 cm deep and 92 cm high. Top and bottom sections are 15 cm thick, sides are 14 cm thick.

This is my first attempt at getting some close to my 10 years old original model:

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Which consists of two sections separated by an optional tools well (David Charlesworth style). Ideally I would allow the two sections to be moved using four vice screws connected by a chain drive, potentially creating a massive bench wide vice, though the idea is to allow the bench to be adjusted to the current work.

If I could (time and money) I would obviously love to build one out of solid wood, ideally from Doussie (just like David Charlesworth’s bench top), though I would be happy to have one made from Iroko,

A bench made of solid wood would be nicely heavy, the volume of my prototype is close to a quarter of a cubic meter, which would translate to 160 kg of Iroko or nearly 200 kg of Doussie.

2 Responses to Workbench

  1. Randall says:

    That thing would be a monster in solid wood

    • Gabriel Horvath says:

      Ha, ha, yes 🙂 Then it might be good to be able to disassemble it. The challenge will be in the joinery. I am thinking of making a stepped hidden dovetail as a full one will not scale to that size due to wood movement.

      Any suggestion welcome 🙂

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