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French workbench in beech

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.

Not Quite a French Workbench

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.

Not quite french

Some ideas inspired by this video. Used scrap bits of pine from work. Thankyou Richard & Helen