Workbench Ideas

Kim B. - Indian River, Michigan - Split Top Roubo Workbench

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Lake Erie Toolworks, Split-Top Roubo Workbench, Workbench Idea, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Split-Top Roubo Workbench, Workbench Idea, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Split-Top Roubo Workbench, Workbench Idea, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Split-Top Roubo Workbench, Workbench Idea, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise, Wooden Vise

Thanks for the great vises, I purchased the Bench Builder's Bundle and am really happy with how they look and perform.

I am semi-retired and have just started getting into woodworking this past year. I have been particularly interested in learning how to use hand planes. As I was studying woodworking, workbenches, and hand plane use I came across Chris Schwarz's book on Workbenches and was inspired by the Roubo he had outlined in his book.  I wanted to build that workbench but then I came across a split-top style that someone had online.  I really liked the utility of having a split-top then I found Benchcrafted sells drawings that are Roubo with a split-top.

Using their drawings I was able to easily incorporate your vises (Their drawings utilize their vises, obviously).

This my first project with rough lumber.  The bench is hard maple with the
Deadman,  Gap Stop, and Wagon Vise Dog Block made out of walnut.  I am very pleased with how the workbench came out considering my level of skill.  I made some errors along the way but nothing too drastic.  My bench is not as refined as all the other benches you have on display but I'm happy with how it looks and how great those vises work.  Now that the workbench is done I have some cabinets I need to build which will be much easier with the new workbench and vises.

The dimensions are 87"L x 24"W x 35"H at about 350# with one coat of BLO and Lacquer Thinner.  Two coats of wax on the threads polished.

Thanks again, Kim B. - Indian River, MI 

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How does Workbench Ideas work?

The Workbench Ideas feature is very straightforward.  If you've built a workbench and used a Lake Erie wooden vise in its construction, we would ask you to submit some pictures and a brief write up so that we can give other woodworkers great ideas to help them build their own workbench.  Also, we've expanded this feature to include demonstrated uses and applications for our Wooden Vise Kits as well as our Moxon Vises as well. So, if you've purchased any Wooden Vise Kit or Moxon Vise from us, and can share some pictures of the vise in use and a brief write up on how you are using the Vise, submit that to us as well.

In return for your workbench or Moxon Idea submission, we will send you a Lake Erie Toolworks logo T-Shirt as a thank you for sharing your idea with woodworkers around the world.

We trust that everyone will enjoy this feature and encourage you to submit your ideas when you have completed your workbench or Moxon Vise efforts.

Workbench Ideas - Rules:

To date, we've had over 5 years worth of workbench ideas representing 60+ benches and Vise applications that have been submitted from customers around the globe.

What are the key benefits here:

  • Opportunity to show your tremendous workbench or Vise application to a global audience
  • Help generate workbench and Vise application ideas for other woodworkers
  • Pick up a Lake Erie Toolworks logo T-Shirt for free

How do you get in the game?  Just drop us a line at this email address with the following information:

wbcontest@LakeErieToolworks.com

  • Full Name
  • Full Mailing Address (City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country if International)
  • 2 or more pictures of your workbench or Vise application (Please show the vise also - JPEG Images preferred)
  • Details regarding your bench or VIse application (Type of bench, wood used, finish, build details, application specifics, etc.)
  • Comments (Anything you'd like to share with your global audience)

We will then feature an ongoing series of workbenches and Vise applications from all submissions provided.

So what are you waiting for?  Snap some pictures of that masterpiece and send in a little write-up today. It's time to show the world the amazing woodworking that you're capable of.

Note: We will only display your first name and last name initial to provide credit to you for your pictures & information provided as well as to protect your privacy.  We may also use your workbench and Vise pictures for product installation, training and promotional purposes.