I’m starting to build a Roubo workbench. Nothing original there, but I thought I’d blog my progress.
I’m following Chris Schwarz’s descriptions and plans in Handbook Essentials. I purchased the lumber (the equivalent of fourteen 8-ft Southern yellow pine 2×12s) by ones and twos over the winter, whenever I could find good quality boards that were dry, relatively flat, and nearly knot free. The boards have been stickered in my garage for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
I’ve cut the pieces for the legs and stretchers (slightly oversize), and am fortunate to have the help of a friend who works at a cabinet shop to thickness the boards for me in his company’s thickness sander (since I don’t own a power-jointer or -planer, his help is a godsend.) We’ve thicknessed the boards for the legs (16 pieces in all, plus 2 spares) down to about 1-3/8”, and in a couple weeks we’ll sand them down to the required 1-1/4” so I can begin gluing them together. We’ll also start to thickness-sand the pieces for the stretchers at that time. The eight 2×12s I’ve designated for the top are still uncut, but I intend to rip them down the middle soon to give me the sixteen boards I’ll need.
Here’s the lumber; not very impressive, except that I can already see, in my mind’s eye, the pieces coming together to form a bench that will be ideal for use with hand tools:
-- More tools, fewer machines.