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$200 Roubo split top bench

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Project by dozer57 posted 09-07-2014 12:18 AM 62725 views 50 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am very happy how my budget bench turned out. Base is 5 layers of 3/4” oak ply wood glued up with m&t joints. Trimmed out will black walnut finished with several coats of sanding sealer and 3 coats of lacquer. top is red oak pieces laminated to 3 in thick and 12” wide. I then jointed one edge and planed to thickness, this was a workout for my Dewalt planer. wrapped each section with 3/4” walnut and then with a layer of oak. The tail vice was a bit of a challenge to lay out. I made the jaws so they could be easy to replace. Then I turned the crank from a left over piece of the top. Screw is 3/4 threaded rod with nuts imbedded in pieces. I will be building a Moxon vice for my bench as soon as I can figure out a good plan at my price. “cheap” lol after sanding I have put on 4 coats of danish oil and have a couple more to go. only made one BIG screw up that I know of. drilled the holes for bench dogs, making sure the were straight and space at 3” exact. double checked all was a go so I drilled them all. Man I felt good the looked great. Then I grabbed a bench dog, I had double checked everything but the bit size. 7/8 not 3/4. new bench dogs are next, 7/8 in ones. Thanks for looking. and yes I have less than $200 in this build.





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 12:29 AM

This is a very impressive workbench. How did you get so much wood for that cheap? The home-made sliding deadman is amazing.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 01:03 AM

Nice work, you did a better job than I did with plywood in a bench!

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dozer57

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 01:06 AM

Auction sales, last lot of red oak, all s4s, about 500 bf for $90
Top is floor from a semi trailer, bought at local trailer shop for $7.25 per foot, its 13 inches wide and any length up to 50 foot. I have made several counter top with this and they turn out great.

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LeTurbo

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 07:47 AM

Phwoar! Nice indeed. I can only dream of such things – I’d have it covered in glue, paint, varnish, gouges, scratches, saw marks and mess in half the time it took to build.

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geekwoodworker

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 11:05 AM

Thats a really nice bench dozer. Wish mine was that well built. Instead of buying new bench dogs why dont you drill the holes to 1” and then glue in walnut dowels and drill to 3/4”. This will highlight the bench dog holes and match the bench. It will also save you money. Of course only if you make the walnut dowels.
Enjoy and have fun with new bench.

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Tim Royal

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 01:39 PM

Nice and attractive bench, Just curious why you put the dog hole row so far inboard? Will that make handplaning a little harder?

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 01:48 PM

Looks great. Nothing like cheap wood. That bench is going to serve you for a long time.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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mmh

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 01:55 PM

It’s a beauty! There’s a lot of TLC in this build!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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dozer57

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#9 posted 09-07-2014 01:55 PM



Nice and attractive bench, Just curious why you put the dog hole row so far inboard? Will that make handplaning a little harder?

- revrok


on the other half of the bench I plan to put a vice, and dog hole will be about 3 inchs in from both sides. In my story I said I am cheap and looking for the right vice to build, have till x-mas to finish. this is a gift for my brother.

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Jim55

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#10 posted 09-07-2014 03:15 PM

What he said! That is a work of beauty and eminently functional. But, it would do better in my dining room than my shop which is in one corner of a barn. I can’t help it. I’m a terminal klutz and slob. I’d ruin it in no time!


Phwoar! Nice indeed. I can only dream of such things – I d have it covered in glue, paint, varnish, gouges, scratches, saw marks and mess in half the time it took to build.

- LeTurbo


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#11 posted 09-07-2014 04:14 PM

Awesome looking bench, especially that you were able to make it without it costing you $$$! I’m curious though what makes it a “Roubo”? The “Roubo” design’s that I am familiar with involve either the legs attached through characteristic through tenons and/or the legs/lower stretcher designed to accommodate a sliding deadman.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Grumpymike

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#12 posted 09-07-2014 05:01 PM

Jim55 and LeTurbo …
When you have a nice bench top to work from you maintain it … Bench hooks become very useful for avoiding slices, gouges and drill marks … Cardboard and plastic sheets become standard on the bench … You don’t leave your table saw out in the rain do you?? I take a lot of pride in my tools don’t you?

Last year I answered an add for an antique cabinet makers bench for $2000. Boy was I excited when I drove up in their driveway.
Expecting a well used bench, what I found was a very abused workbench. There were saw kerfs that just rounded over the front edge, Hammer marks on the vise handles, and the wooden lead screw. So much paint, glue,motor oil and general crap on the bench top that no part was flat any more; and to top it all off it was stored along side the house exposed to the weather … A tear slowly formed in the corner of my eye. as I walked away from this solid maple one time beauty.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Grumpymike

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#13 posted 09-07-2014 05:11 PM

Dozer 57,
You have done a spectacular job on this Bench, your attention to detail shows off your craftsmanship.
I truly wish I was your brother, ... to receive a gift like that? Well, I guess I’d have to get you a ‘Vette next year.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 09-07-2014 06:23 PM

Fascinating and great job of repurposed lumber! Bro will be most happy.
thanks for the details.
Dale

-- Smitty

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#15 posted 09-07-2014 08:10 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Love all the features that you built into it. Great job

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