Roubo Workbench

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Project by Pat3 posted 03-08-2015 12:05 AM 11702 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pics show how a pile of lumber was transformed into this workbench. If you are interested in the complete details you can read the blog series on the link below.

Forgot to mention that all the wood for the bench cost about $145.


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#1 posted 03-08-2015 01:13 AM

Wow! Sure looks good, have been following your progress and trying to bite the bullet and start on my bench!
Made one boo boo already, should of taken a Picture of the pile of rough lumber before I started to rough cut
and plane some edges. Still figuring out the style, some sort of hybrid cabinet makers, has to have a sliding tail vice on it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 03:05 AM

Thanks! Good luck with your build.

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 03:09 AM

That is massive!

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

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 03:58 AM

I need one of those but can’t seem to find the time to build one. How about donating that one to me?
It’s awesome.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 04:06 AM

Thanks, and yes, yes it is:0)

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 04:41 AM

Thanks Bruce, it took me a while but it eventually got done.

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 11:15 AM

Yep, that ones GROWN! That’s one massive bench, looks nice. Just got through with mine a few weeks ago and use it daily. You are going to love it.
Do you plan on drilling holes for dogs or holdfasts?

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 12:19 PM

That looks to be a permanent fixture in you workshop. Looks very nice.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 12:42 PM

Holy buckets, that is a stout-lookin’ bench. If you ever have to move your shop, don’t let any of your friends see this bench beforehand – none of them will show up on moving day.

Nice work!

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 01:12 PM

Great job!!! Excellent blog and photos!

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#11 posted 03-08-2015 01:48 PM

Beautiful – I hope to build one someday. EDIT: I see from your other blog you used Doug Fir.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 03-08-2015 02:31 PM

Troy, as of right now I am going to try not to have any holes in the top. My last bench looked like Swiss cheese, so I really want to avoid that this time. Plus since the top is 6” thick, I was told that holdfasts wouldn’t work well. I am hoping that planing stops and battens will be enough to take care of my work holding needs. And you are right, in just the short time. I have used it, I do love it! A vast improvement from my last workbench.

Randy, even though I really dislike DF, it was too good of a deal to pass up. Everything on the bench was DF except the shelf boards and tail vise chop, which were Pine. And if I can do it so can anyone else. But I don’t recommend trying to build it using mostly hand tools. I could have been done a lot sooner and neater if I had used all power tools.

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 02:34 PM

One massive table. Looks to be a stable and awesome workbench. Great job.

-- Kirk H. --

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 03:39 PM

Top looks too thin

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#15 posted 03-08-2015 05:20 PM

Huge bench. I loved reading your blog. I think everyone who has made a bench with through dovetails has that moment where they realize just how much they underestimated the work involved in fitting those joints.

Bench looks great don’t hurt your back moving it!

-- -Dan

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