Split Top Roubo Workbench

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Project by Johnnyv99 posted 10-10-2015 06:58 PM 1540 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year I decided to make the Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench. It was a long process for me. I’m retrired and it still took me five months to complete. Overall I’m very pleased how the project turned out. It looks so nice, I’m almost afraid to use it. I used the benchcrafted plans, as well as Mark Spagnoulo’s (Woodwhisperer) video and plans. The action of the wagon wheel tail vise and the retro leg vise are incredible.

The end cap is made from reclaimed Sugar Maple. The extra holes shown in the end cap are the tap holes.

-- When the people fear the government, that's Tyranny. When the government fears the people, that's Liberty.

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#1 posted 10-10-2015 07:37 PM

That is a beautiful bench! And well set up. You said it’s so nice you worry about using it, but it’s kinda like a new work truck, once you get a few dings the stress will go away.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 10-10-2015 08:19 PM

Nice! Entirely to beautiful to use if it were in my shop -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 12:28 AM

Awesome bench.Nice work.

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#4 posted 10-11-2015 03:20 AM

I agree a totally fantastic bench.

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#5 posted 10-11-2015 02:11 PM

Beautiful. Enjoy.

But how’d you get the bench to stick to the wall :-)

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 10-11-2015 03:37 PM

I agree that it is beautiful, but no bench is too beautiful to be used. very nice build!

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#7 posted 10-12-2015 04:46 PM

That’s a good lookin’ bench and is nice and heavy too.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 10-12-2015 08:51 PM

You’ll get over the fear factor and then realize you have a great work mate, sweet build enjoy!

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#9 posted 10-13-2015 06:16 PM

Nice workbench. Welcome to LJ.

Like blackcherry said … go ahead and use it … you’ll love it.

I made mine workbench several years ago and don’t worry about using it.

I’m sure you’ll love yours as much as I love mine.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 10-18-2015 04:17 AM


I built this bench last May and I love working on it. Once you use it a few times it’ll become another tool to be used and not just admired. It’s not so important that it took a long time to build, it’s how much enjoyment you got while building it.

Very nicely done sir!


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