My first "real" project - Roubo Workbench

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Project by Andygulfcoast posted 12-23-2014 01:40 PM 3066 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a hobbyist woodworker, I try learn one new thing with each project. My “new thing” can be learning to use a new tool, or a new technique. This project had a few firsts for me.
- First time using mortise and tenon joinery (first time building anything without screws or nails actually).
- First time doing large glue-ups
- First time using a jointer and planer
- First time working on such a HEAVY project (I didn’t expect this to be a “first” of any importance, but it added another learning curve to this project)
- First time drawboring joints

I read and reread Christopher Schwarz’s book “Workbenches”. I followed his plans mostly to the letter. The finished dimensions of the top are 24” x 92”, and the top is 32” from the floor. The bench is all SY Pine as Schwarz recommended.

I finished this stage of construction in March ‘14, and I still plan to add a sliding deadman, lower shelf, and at least one built-in vice.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 03:24 PM

That looks great. It will last a very long time. Good job. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 03:32 PM

Nice job, Andy! With a million and one uses, a solid workbench like yours will be indispensable. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 04:34 PM

Nice work bench Andy.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 11:26 PM

Fine bench, sir. Looking forward to seeing the additions!

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 03:08 AM

Well done

-- Rich

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