The decision to go Roubo
After my initial research, I like many woodworkers, fell in love with the roubo. My old benches were designed to be portable or were made from old desks. They never stood still. Planning, even chiselling would cause them to move about. There’s something rather solid about having 5”x5” legs.
Originally, I thought I could do most of my work on a 3’x3’ bench. All my heavy chopping/sawing on a solid base and use work horses to support large pieces. Then I thought 2 benches 3×3 would be good… I still think this would be a useful and practical solution. After some discussion the final decision was more a more traditional 8 1/2’ by 2’. This allows you to reach over the workbench, and also can support long pieces required for table construction.
I debated vice configuration for a while. Options included:
1. Leg + Shoulder
2. Leg + Wagon
3. Simple Quick release
4. Leg + Sliding Leg
5. Leg + Sliding Leg + Wagon
6. Leg + Pattern Makers
7. Quick release + Pattern Makers
After reading a number of reviews, and discussing the issues at the Australian Woodwork Forums it was obvious that people loved wagon vices, pattern makers were expensive, and a quick release or leg vice didn’t make too much difference to function.
The final decision was; leg, sliding leg, and wagon. A tax break at the same time enable me to pick up the benchcrafted models.
The Sketchup Process
The sketchup model then underwent 6 major re-visions.
-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/