Red/White Oak Petite Roubo Workbench

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Project by ryanlbowen posted 05-21-2015 04:31 PM 3051 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my “Petite Roubo”. I call it a petite Roubo because the top is about half the thickness (~2.25) of a normal Roubo. The legs are about 3.5”x3.5”. Everything is draw-bored together without glue.

The oak and walnut for the top was given to me by my grandfather who was a woodworker. I still have lots of wood from him, but thought this would be a great way to use wood that he’s been holding onto for years. This way, it will stay with me and continue to be useful for years to come. The toolchest in the picture is my great-grandfathers. It is dated 1936.

I built the vise out of two boards of white oak using the Lee Valley tail vise screw. I mortise out a spot for the threaded receiver and have a walnut parallel guide running through the bottom of the leg. I can clamp a small piece in the vise and then use it to pick up the whole bench. Solid. The handle was a billet of maple from an old neighbors massive tree, and I just planed it into an octagon and added crude walnut tenon caps.

The design I burned onto the vise is my personal book stamp and shop name combined. I call my shop “Fangorn Workshop”, and I use the mallet as my stamp for everything else.

For more pics (including my boxer, Titus), you can checkout the full build on my blog. There’s a full index of the workbench posts at the bottom of this one:

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#1 posted 05-22-2015 05:40 PM

Looks like a useful bench, nice job. I like the idea of glue-less construction for easier disassembly/transport.

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#2 posted 05-23-2015 02:13 AM

Looks great, I’m sure the top will more than plenty strong.

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