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"Private" page about my workbench - feel free to read on, but it's more of a note to myself than something I would expect to be interesting ;-)

The bench will be a Roubo style workbench and set up in the office. It will be made out of Douglas fir planks and end up about 1.5 m wide to fit into "my" corner.


  • back: two shelves
  • sideboard: 150 × 120 × 2 cm plywood for hanging tools


  • laminated douglas fir Glattkantbretter
    • 300 × 14.4 × 2.7 cm boards cut in half two times (across & lengthwise) -> top approx. 150 × 75 × 7 cm
    • not jointed as we didn't have the equipment yet - top planed by hand after assembly
    • a biscuit joiner would have helped with the glue-up - without it, some boards slipped
  • 3 sliding dovetails (Gratleisten) to prevent warping, made of oak
    • left one was loose by Dec 2019
    • right one may interfere with tail vise...


  • legs consist of three laminated douglas fir Glattkantbretter
    • final size: 14.5 × ? × ? cm
  • stretchers for stability & straight legs
    • four horizontal ones near the bottom
      • will also hold a simple storage shelf
      • front sunk into the legs as a dovetail, sides & back just screwed on for now (don't need to be flush)
    • perhaps also add diagonals on the sides?

Planned Features

  • woodworking vise - on the right face, as tail vise? front should ideally be flush for planing
  • 3/4" holes for holdfasts or bench dogs
    • some in the top (one row in the woodworking vice's direction for sure), some in the legs
    • exact layout TBD, can be drilled as the need becomes clear
  • plane stop on the far left (far enough from the wall to pull through with each plane)
  • storage options: just some "floor" for now
    • perhaps (partial!) cabinet/drawers later
    • or a second floor, with a cut-out to allow comfortable sitting at the bench?
  • sliding deadman with further dog holes to support large pieces that need planing on their edges?
  • horizontal twin screw ("Moxon") vise - non-permanent to leave room in the front?
  • tool well? could fill gap on the back left (obstacle on the right that prevents the bench to be fully against the wall)
  • leg vise on the right?
    • would there be enough flush space left for planing?
    • perhaps the vise could be screwed off whenever that much space is actually required
  • planing jig to be held in a vise

Further Inspiration/Research