I have only recently got into woodwork and was looking for projects and ideas. I spend a week at Rowden Atelier and got some basic experience of how to use handtools. I then found your site and and really enjoying the approach. I have done the side table project but really needed a decent workbench, so the logical thing to do was order a lot of beech and then get into it. I have learnt so much from your videos and correcting the errors I made along the way. If you note the walnut inserts on the side they cover up where I had to drill holes through as one of the top boards had a split in it. Thank you and looking forward to whatever comes next.
I already have a workbench so this isn’t a french workbench post although you can say that it is french with a name like “Etaux”. The newly popularized Etaux aka HiVise has been on my to do list for a while, but I never got around to ordering the hardware. After seeing the shopmade crisscross in the French Workbench series, I decided to get it a go along with a shopmade wooden screw. I followed the plans for the crisscross, but shortened the steel bars to around 9” length since this is a mini leg vise. The plans did not mention a set screw for the Etaux, but I saw one used in the video so I included that in mine. Metalworking is quite foreign to me so I was beyond thrilled to see that it actually works! Tools used were a shoddy, wobbly drill press, hacksaw, and files. I also “finished” the metal using the cold bluing chemicals used for firearms. So I just wanted to say that if I can do it, it really is as easy as Richard states in the video series. It was time consuming, of course, given the tools used.