While I really like it when people send me photos of their workbenches that were inspired by my book “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use,” I really dislike it when their finished results kicks the butt of my Roubo.
Today in the “Take that, Schwarz” category is this specimen from Graham Collins. This Roubo-style workbench is made using beech. It is a massive beast: The legs and top are almost 5″ thick.
Collins also made his own vise screws.
“I orignally carved a nut in two halves but is wasn’t up to scratch so I used it as a guide to scrape a new one which came out much better,” Collins wrote in an e-mail. “I made the cutter from an old planer blade.”
Note the nice through-tenons and through-dovetails, plus the wooden tail vise. I think Roubo would say: “Bon travail!”
Collins is also pleased: “Now that it’s finished I must say its absolutely spot-on, and I am over the moon with it,” he wrote. “It makes my work a whole lot easier.”
– Christopher Schwarz