Sawbench (Roubo inspired)

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Project by midnightww posted 31 days ago 948 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve named it “the Beast”. Fairly certain I could chuck this off my roof and it would only sustain a few dents. I haven’t been able to find someone else using the sliding dovetail tenon to join the top (probably because everyon else is smart enough to not put this much effort into a sawbench). I did this as a skill builder as preparation for building a Roubo bench at some point in the near future. The long stretchers and top are draw-bored using oak dowels. Draw-bored may be a stretch as I would describe the offsets as “cowardly”. The short stretchers are joined with single dovetails, simply because I thought they would look cool.

I’m glad I built this before attempting a full size bench. I made numerous mistakes (reason there are no close up shots of the joinery:)) but learned a lot in the process.

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers

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#1 posted 31 days ago

It’s a fantastic project. Honing your skills while creating a beautiful and usable worktop. Time well spent and nice results.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#2 posted 31 days ago

Great saw bench! This something I need to do, and real soon. Big Dove tails are the same as little ones aren’t they?

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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#3 posted 30 days ago

Nice bench with challenging joinery. Keep up the good work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 30 days ago

Fun Project… any time we encourage the use of hand over power as a back up, its worthwhile

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#5 posted 30 days ago

Very nice and practical skill-builder. Even the stretchers are dovetailed, a very nice touch. Favorited.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 30 days ago

What great idea.

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#7 posted 30 days ago

Love the joints, I think you are correct, but might be a little extreme

-- Norman

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#8 posted 29 days ago

That is a beast, alright. I love the look of it.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#9 posted 28 days ago

Great idea, doing a smaller project as a rehearsal. I think the final product will look great! On the Roubo dovetail joint, have you seen Roy Underhill’s French work bench episodes? He goes over construction of the joint in pretty good detail

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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