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Dan's Blackbutt Roubo Bench #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 1616 days ago 1779 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Have you ever started a project, given yourself a budget and a time frame… and then well… you go over budget… and you need that new tool… oh and you got busy, or had to redo something… and well…

If you haven’t; welcome to woodworking. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your first project and many more to come.

At the start of 2009 I decided I wanted to build a new workbench. I was taking on a new job so I decided 12 months would be a good time frame. Now we’re up to month 14 and… should be done by July.

I did my research; book’s by Schleining and Schwarz, blogs; Woodworking Magazine, The Renaissance Woodworker, and Khalaf's Oud and reviews Australian Wood Review and Fine Woodworking.

This should be a mighty workbench. The process started with a Roubo Design, a rough sketch, half a tonne of coastal blackbutt, 6 generations of design process, 3 generations of vice configurations, a new thicknesser, and a few innovations.

Blackbutt is a Australian Hardwood that grows locally. It’s very hard, and weighs 900kg/m3. Making the 2.6m bench around 300kg or 660lbs.

I’ll add more photos and specific about innovations to design and processes as we go.


Blogged at Lost Art Press.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/



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#1 posted 1616 days ago

Fabulous looking bench… I would probably take 3 times that long and still go over time and budget..
Can’t wait to see each step as you progress.
Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1616 days ago

Looks like a great workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1616 days ago

Wish I had built a decent bench when I first started woodworking.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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