Roubo Workbench #8: Sketch of Bench

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Blog entry by Eric posted 05-20-2010 04:44 PM 1796 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So here’s the bench mostly as I see it. My apologies for the faintness, but I think you get the idea. I forgot to put the crochet on there, so that would naturally be on the front left of the benchtop.

You’ll also notice that I have no vises on the bench. I’m not entirely convinced that the bench needs them, although I do plan on making a removable twin-screw vise à la Moxon (not pictured). I had planned on installing a wagon vise, and have the hardware already, but when I included it into the sketch it just looked wrong. It rubbed me the wrong way, I can’t say why – maybe all those dogholes? If I regret it, I’ll retrofit it like The Schwarz did. I’m still up in the air about the leg vise. I can retrofit that too, although it’s a bit harder perhaps.

I also ditched the sliding deadman. Sure, I might need something to support long boards for planing, etc. But I have no [easy] way to make grooves, so installing the sliding deadman would actually be one of the most complex parts of making the bench. And I just don’t feel like doing it. If I need something like that later on, I’ll hammer two pieces of wood together, with holes drilled in the vertical piece, and bam! – bench slave.

So essentially I’ve taken most of the design of the Roubo, discarded the Schwarzifications of it (although the leg vise is also Roubo), and added a dash of Moxon.

Tell me what you think!

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 05:57 PM

good luck with your bench

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 07:24 PM

I like your approach. Completing your bench in managable stages makes sense in many ways. There is very little that can’t be retrofit later (with a little extra work that is).

Please continue with the updates as you progress.

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 09:40 PM

Wow! Glad to see it’s coming along. I recall reading somewhere that Schwarz kind of regretted the crochet, but that might just have been in conjunction with the leg vise.
Your viseless design makes me feel better about my bench being viseless. Cheers! Keep posting!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 11:44 PM

I wish you the best on your workbench.

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