Monday, December 14, 2015

Big Red Oak: Will Myers Shares His Source

FORP Enthusiast Will Myers dropped us a line last week to let us know of a sawmill that's cutting some large American red oaks into thick slab-style workbench kits. These would be ideal for quickly building our Split-Top Roubo, or any Roubo-style bench for that matter. This is the sawmill that Will uses when he teaches his Moravian bench at The Woodwright's School.

These bench kits are super simple. A single slab top and stock for the legs and rails. That's it. Will says be aware that the wood is wet. As in freshly cut and very green. You won't be able to build a bench with this stock for a couple years at least. And longer if you can stand it.

We don't get any kickbacks from these kits, and neither does Will (in his own words: "I would like for them not to become pallets more than anything") We're simply passing on the tip from Will. These look to be beautifully clear and straight. If you're in the market for one of these you'll be supporting a small family sawmill in rural North Carolina. Thanks for sharing, Will.

For more info, click here.


  1. Man, this is a smokin' deal. I bought knotty, squirrely, wet oak for nearly the same $. This is straight... and thicker... and no pith. Dang.

  2. Could you please point me in the right direction for plans for the solid-top bench? I have a couple large oak logs and I need to give the sawmill dimensions.

  3. The link to more info in the article is broken. :/ Thanks for the inspiration!


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