YARB #1: Yet another Roubo Bench...

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Blog entry by parrothead posted 10-14-2013 10:45 AM 1573 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been banging together a few projects here and there over the last couple of years and have acquired more and more hand tools.

My current bench is a Sjoberg Hobbyist workbench (on sale at Woodcraft when I bought it for $100). It’s worked well, but i’m sick of it moving around when I try to do anything on it.

So off to the internet I went in search of ideas for a bench. I’m a WoodWhisperer Guild member and his Roubo appealed to me…problem is…I don’t have that kind of scratch!

I shopped around and finally found some plans from I purchased his plans because they were A. Affordable, and B. Had the specifications for dimensional lumber.

Home Depot had 2×10x8ft Douglas Fir for $9.20 each, and i figured this was probably the cheapest/most convenient rout for me to go. In total, I picked up 14 of these boards and managed a 10% discount at the checkout. Score! They’ve been sitting in my shop for over a month, and I think it’s time I got moving on this bench!

So this morning, I started the process of jointing a few of the boards, ripping them to width, and planing them to thickness.

Then I started gluing…

So, it may be ugly, but it’s started and its mine! I’ll have plenty of years to make it pretty, but I have to finish the majority of this bench by the holiday season!

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:19 PM

Parrothead, you might find the Workbench Smack Dow thread interesting, if you haven’t already discovered it.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 12:27 AM

jumped right in! i started but forgot to jump so my top still needs to be glued up..soon though!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 02:54 AM

Looking forward to seeing how this progresses! I’m wanting to build a Roubo style bench and just finished Schwarz’s blue book on workbenches so I’m looking forward to see how you do yours as I’ll probably use a similar construction grade lumber for the top of mine

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 07:07 PM

Hi all,
Just want to correct a link from the OP. The plans are on my website –


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