Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Roubo: Progress Shots

My partner tested the stability
of the workbench (it's rock solid)
and tried out my new bench

Close up of bench dog design. Email
me if you want the plans.

Front of vise chop with
brass garter and vise screw.

I've been working diligently on my workbench every weekend and many evenings.  A proper blog post will follow with the vise screw installation, but in the meantime, here are some progress shots. The vise screw is from Lake Erie Toolworks and is a real beauty. Works great and is easy to install.

Leg vise chop design.

Back of leg showing vise
screw and nut.


Dyami Plotke said...

Looks like you're well on your way. That vise is going to be gorgeous, but I'll admit to being slightly concerned you bench dog may not be up to clamping as much as you'd like.

Kari Hultman said...

Granted, the bench dog's teeth aren't metal, but it can take a pretty good bite into wood.

Tom Stephenson said...

That is THE nicest bench dog I've ever seen. I think I would worry about bench dog poo, though!

tirane93 said...

what a great bench dog! the bench isn't bad either!

Megan Fitzpatrick said...

Your bench dog looks more effective...or at least more awake...than my bench cats.

Adam Weigand said...

Your bench really looks great Kari. I like the design of the leg vise. I'm glad you have some help testing your bench.

How well does your bench dog immobilize your work?

McGlynn On Making said...

Love the bench dog, especially after reading earlier today about Roy Underhill's Safety Gargoyles.

The design for your leg vise is amazing! Are you going to carve it too? Maybe some brass scrolly inlays?


ChrisHasFlair said...


Into what shape holes does your bench dog fit?


Kari Hultman said...

Thanks, Tom, it took awhile to figure out the perfect design. I suppose there are still a few bugs to be worked out, though.

Thanks, tirane93!

Megan, the bench dog has moments of extreme laziness when it needs to be hounded to get it to work properly.

Adam, it works fairly well. Maybe I'll bring it to our next meeting for you guys to try out. heh.

Joe, I'll just add a bevel along the outer edges, but no decorative inlay. I plan to build a removable tool chest that will have some carving.

Chris, it's sort of an amoeba-shaped hole. The fur adds just enough friction to keep it in place but it's still easy to move up or down. Each dog needs be fitted carefully to an individual hole. My other bench dog requires a hole that's way too large and would compromise the integrity of the benchtop.

Kyle Heon said...

Love that wooden screw on the leg vise. I'd love to see how you made that.

Kari Hultman said...

Kyle, the vise is from Lake Erie Toolworks. I did not make it. I'll add that to the post--thanks for pointing it out.

Aaron said...

Fantastic! Upon seeing the shot of the front of the chop, my first thought was "blank slate". What a great curvylicious template, truly inspiring. Out of curiousity, did you permanently mount the nut block to the back of the leg or is it removeable for future tune-ups? You know, like every 20 years. Thanks Kari!

Kari Hultman said...

Thanks, Aaron. :o) I permanently mounted the screw with glue but that could be routed out if necessary. Hoping it lasts my lifetime at least.

Steve Branam said...


Bob said...

Does your Bench Dog baiyt?
*he says in his best Peter Sellers/Inspector Clouseau accent*

Anonymous said...

That's a very cute dog.

Santi said...


Is your bench influenced by The Schwarz?
, maybe that 18 Century workbench video?

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