Hrvoje’s Workbench

I live in town but I have a grandpa’s house in a village. I love woodworking and I make little projects whenever I can. I think every woodworker needs to have a workbench so one day when I was cleaning out old boards at my grandpa’s house I found oak boards (they were part of an old bridge) and I decided to make big project and build a European style workbench.

I don’t have a combination of machines so I went to old woodworker to help me build it with his machines and knowledge. He told me what to do and I did it. I had some wood (for legs) and I had to buy wood for the tabletop. Thickness of tabletop is 7,5 cm, vices were ordered from Czech Republic because there aren’t any in Croatia to buy.

Table is made from European style workbench plans by Frank Klaus, but with a few modifications (no holes on end vice, different leg connection with no screws). Dimensions of the table are 7,5cm x 45cm (80cm at shoulder vice) x 220 cm. The finish is linseed oil in 3 coats. Table top is really heavy (I think about 80-90 kg), and because of that the table is rock solid. It did take me one year to finish it but I think the end result is great!


  1. It is fun to see reclaimed lumber put to fine use.
    Enjoy the bench.

  2. Aaron Edwards July 22, 2013

    WOW Hrvoje, that is incredible. I love those clamps that you used to clamp the top together. And also, what a great finish, well done.
    All the best for the future, hope you get a lot of pleasure out of your bench.

    • Hrvoje July 23, 2013

      Thank you Aaron, I’m glad that you like the bench. Yes, those clamps come in handy when you need to clamp bigger things.

  3. Awesome workbench Hrvoje! Old school!

  4. Michael August 2, 2013

    Very nice, the pinned stretchers look great!

  5. Dušan July 25, 2014

    I was looking at different ideas for a workbench and I think I just found it. Svaka ti čast. Lep ti je radni sto ko lutka. Pozdrav iz Kanade. :)

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