Bob's Workbench

Inspired by the bench that Frank built.

SHOP OWNER: Robert Miller
LOCATION: Hillsboro, OR

    With all the talk on the main board about workbenches and Frank Klausz, I figured it was time to share my bench. It is a direct copy of Frank's bench featured in "The Workbench Book" by Scott Landis. The only major change was to replace the shoulder vise with a plain front vise.
Bob's Workbench

    The base is popular with black walnut wedges. The natural greenish tint really stands out, so I may refinish it and pick a stain that will make it blend better with the top. The top is solid maple that is about 2 " in the center. Not being able to find 16/4 maple, I laminated maple and black walnut for the vise faces.
Bob's Workbench

    The nice piece of bubinga used for the back of the tool tray was the result of a mistake. Originally, I had a nice piece of highly figured birds eye maple that didn't turn out right when the fence on my router table slipped while milling for the bottom. While I was at the wood store looking for a replacement, I noticed the bubinga and figured it would really stand out.
    This was a very fun project that has already improved my work by providing a solid tool for working wood.

. . . Bob Miller



This is the place to share views of your shop, woodworking tips and methods,
mug shots, special tools or machines, finished work--you name it!
    We prefer digital images via e-mail, but prints or transparencies will do. Include your name, address, phone number and a paragraph or two explaining the photo(s). Not every entry will be used, we reserve the right to edit for length and clarity, and we will not return photos.

P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081