This bench was inspired after the Joinery Bench that Shannon Rogers brought to Woodworking in America. It was intended to simply be a taller workbench and I honestly did not know how useful I would find it (ask me in half a year).
This small bench was built taller than normal (39.5″) to allow joinery to be cut at a more comfortable height – no more bending over to see your scribe lines. I built the base using drawbored mortise and tenon joinery. The bench was made of Western maple.
All the joints were drawbored mortise and tenons. I used my drill press and chisels to cut the mortises and cut the tenons with my bandsaw and tuned them with my shoulder plane and chisels.
In this video, I demonstrated how I shaped and installed drawbore pegs while discussing why drawbored mortise and tenon joints are effective. Listen how the sound changes as the peg encounters the offset hole in the stretcher’s tenon. (Duration: 1:27.)
To keep the build simple, I only did what was necessary. The faces of the legs were left rough-sawn and the back of the bench top still bears a live edge. The bench top was attached to the base with four lag bolts in oversized holes to allow for expansion. No glue was used.
In this second video, I showed how I used my sliding table saw to straighten one edge, then crosscut the two adjacent edges square. (Duration: 3:09.)
The bench itself required 13 hours to construct and the Moxon Vise with Flair required another two hours.
What do you think of my 13-hour Tall Workbench with Flair?
Quite a few other bloggers are documenting (or have documented) the building of their workbenches. You can read about their benches by following these links:
- Roubo Bench Build by Vic Hubbard of Tumblewood Creations;
- Workbench Build by Eric Dinges of Kropfaktor.com;
- The Clockwork Bench by Dyami Plotke of Penultimate Workshop;
- The Roulleau Roubo Workbench by Nick Roulleau of Mansfield Fine Furniture;
- Bench #3: Roubo by Jameel Abraham of Khalaf Oud Luthery;
- Joinery Bench by Shannon Rogers of Renaissance Woodworker;
- Roubo Workbench by Shannon Rogers of Renaissance Woodworker;
- The $175 Workbench by Mike Lehikoinen;
- Roubo Workbench by Kari Hultman of The Village Carpenter;
- Workbench by Ian Mackay, Woodcanuck; and
- Workbench by Marilyn Guthrie of She Works Wood.)
(If I have missed your bench build, please leave a link in the comments section.)