Sawbench (Roubo inspired)

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Project by midnightww posted 06-22-2014 12:16 AM 2565 views 12 times favorited 11 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 06-22-2014 12:41 AM

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

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 01:41 AM

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

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 12:23 PM

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

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 06-22-2014 12:26 PM

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 06-22-2014 01:18 PM

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 06-22-2014 04:59 PM

What great idea.

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#7 posted 06-22-2014 07:28 PM

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

-- Norman

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 03:15 PM

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

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 03:23 AM

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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#10 posted 09-19-2014 08:20 PM

What a super idea!
I’ve been hesitant about those Roubo joints. It never occurred to me—making a “little” Roubo for practice.
You did a really good job from the looks of it.

The difference from a DIY’er and a so-called Professional, is this:
the Pro has done it once before.

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#11 posted 09-21-2014 09:09 PM

He who has not made any mistakes has not done anything.
I love it and after seeing it would like to build one like it.
I don’t feel that anything can be overbuilt:)!

-- Laurence, Cumberland Va. http//

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