Putting the "log" back in Blog

Tag: niangon

A shout-out to Mr. Roubo, Moxon and Abraham: Finished Workbench

Posted on July 9th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Projects. 2 comments

Every so often, I get to build something that truly transforms my perspective as a woodworker. My latest project, the Benchcrafted split-top Roubo work bench was one of those projects.

Not that the project was technically difficult, although I was faced with a few challenges, including not reading a clearly called out warning on page one of the template instructions to check the scale of your printer. This project started with humble beginnings as a fallen maple tree, then took 2 1/2 years to dry, and another 3 months to complete. It cost me close to $2,000 between materials, clamps, hardware, and … Read More »


Exotic Roubo Leg Vise

Posted on June 13th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. 1 Comment

Sure, the use of “exotic legs” in my title  is bound to get me indexed by Google for something totally different than workbenches, but everyone knows what the internet is really meant for. 😉

I’ve had some left over Niangon boards (a West African species used for timber framing and boat building) from a previous project that was well suited for a few of the non-structural elements of this bench build. Plus, I didn’t have the thick/wide boards necessary for the leg vise in Maple, hence the need to go digging in my “left-overs” pile. I also have built the Benchcrafted … Read More »

Dining Table and Benches in Niangon

Posted on March 28th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. 1 Comment

DESIGN INSPIRATION
I drew inspiration on my latest project from my recent experience visiting South Africa to build something for my in-laws (originally from Cape Town, SA). I wanted to design a table and set of benches that reflected the cultural experience of the visit, as well as their own personal style and needs for utility and durability.

To start, I put Google to the test for some images showing unique slab-style pieces built by other people. I came across a few that were interesting enough to pull together as a potential solution for the commission. The two examples are below:

I also … Read More »