Roubo Workbench

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Project by Luqman posted 07-27-2015 02:45 AM 2753 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been woodworking for about a year and a half and in that time I learned that I really like hand tools. I do use power tools, but the bench I made to begin with wasn’t working with hand tools. Holding work in a manner to not interfere with the tools was a real challenge. I wanted to remedy the situation so I started researching different benches and the Roubo appealed to me. Specifically the thick base, the split top, and the flush joinery. The bench took about 3 months to complete. It’s made from SYP from the local home depot and walnut. I learned so much building this that now I fell confident to pretty much build anything with the right research and tools. Plans came from Schwarz’s Workbench Book. Benchrafted criss cross hardware on the leg vise but I didn’t take pics of that. Both vises are from Lee Valley. Legs are 5” square. The top is 3 1/2” thick, 24” deep, and 7’ long.

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#1 posted 07-27-2015 04:13 AM

Beautiful bench, Legman! Let the projects roll on, looks like.

Good dimensions, very heavy, nice vises, what’s not to love about that bench. Well done!

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#2 posted 07-27-2015 04:18 AM

Now you are ready to tackle anything!! Well done

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#3 posted 07-27-2015 05:15 AM

Well done!
I hope you get a lot of enjoyment from your new bench.

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#4 posted 07-27-2015 12:55 PM

Nicely done

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#5 posted 07-27-2015 02:13 PM

Sweet bench! Nice job.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 07-27-2015 02:47 PM

A real nice job.

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#7 posted 07-27-2015 06:02 PM

That is one nice looking bench. Well done.

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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#8 posted 07-27-2015 06:09 PM

Great bench. Now you can tackle absolutely anything. Have fun.

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