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Roubo Workbench Three Years Later

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Blog entry by mvflaim posted 01-20-2012 10:47 PM 5688 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a Roubo Workbench three years ago and blooged the build at www.finewoodworking.com. I thought it might be fun to see how the bench looks three years later. Here’s the link. http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/roubo-workbench-three-year-later/

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 04:08 AM

I built my workbench 10 years ago; maybe one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever completed; most definitely one of the most used and abused pieces I’ve constructed. Yours was very well planned and constructed and it serves its purpose. You should be pleased.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 03:30 AM

looks like you have had fun with it!

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 06:26 AM

Nice video – I actually have the same book by Schwarz. I built my own rookie version of the roubo and just barely knew what I was doing as it was my first woodworking project ever. I still like it two years later, although mine has not seen nearly as much use as yours!

I like the alteration you made to the back legs (angled) in order to withstand more planning force. That and that peninsula end you put on seems unique but effective. Looks cool – hopefully she hangs around for a good long time to come.

Take care,

-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 06:55 AM

Looks like it’s well used.

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 07:19 AM

That Emmert is a beast! Thanks for giving me my first glimpse of one of those in action! And congrats on three years of a fine Roubo bench…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 08:44 AM

I to will build my next one from construction lumber. Mainly because it will be softer than my projects. So if I drop something it will dent the bench not the project. Thanks for posting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 08:47 PM

Thanks for the video retrospective on your bench. It was very informative. I am curious whether your Emmert has caused the end of your bench to sag at all.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 10:37 PM

djwong, I was concerned about the same thing about the vise. So much so I contemplated putting a brace underneath to help support it. However, that would have been unnecessary as the bench has not sagged due to the weight of the Emmert.

-- http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 10:46 PM

That’s great news on the Emmert. I managed to pick one up on craigslist but had been worried about mounting it on the end of a bench. Thanks again for the info, and congratulations on your bench.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 05:59 PM

looks more beautiful now than when it was made, because it is a bench that you work on. It’s hard not to think of these things as furniture tables because all the pretty pictures we see on the web. i love the rising dovetails and were suprised you didn’t discuss them. the dovetails that can never come out but can never go in either.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 12:22 AM

thanks for posting – i like the peninsula, and thanks for the height tip (palms of your hands)

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