These plans and instructions provide all the information you need to build two versatile adaptations of traditional workbenches. Printed on high-quality 20 lb bond paper, the drawings are supplied rolled so you can lay them flat. Illustrated instructions include tips and design modifications, and are supported by supplementary materials on the Benchcrafted website. Printed in USA.
The Roubo workbench is based on a European design from André Roubo's 18th century cabinetmaking text, L'Art du Menuisier. This massive split-top bench offers excellent clamping capabilities, incorporating a leg vise on the front and a tail vise at one end (vises not included). The 87" long, 24" wide and 35" high bench weighs over 300 lb if made from hard maple. Four pages of 20" × 30" dimensioned drawings are supplied with a 28-page booklet of detailed instructions.
Based on historic examples, the Shaker workbench provides plenty of built-in storage, with much of the base devoted to cabinetry. It incorporates a leg vise, tail vise (vises not included) and sliding deadman to offer a range of work-holding options. The 86" long, 25" wide and 35" high bench weighs about 340 lb if made from hard maple. Six pages of 20" × 30" dimensioned drawings are supplied with a 35-page booklet of detailed instructions.