SYP Split Top Roubo

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Project by mounttod posted 10-15-2015 08:37 AM 3251 views 28 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this split top roubo last weekend. Here are the stats:

36” tall, 84” long, 24” wide, legs 3 1/2” x 5”, stretchers 4 1/4” x 2 1/2”, Top 4 1/2” thick.

Base is 52” wide measuring from the outside, 42” wide measuring from the inside and 24” wide measuring front to back. There is 5” of clearance under the bench.

Dog holes are spaced 4” apart.

Bottom shelf is 19” wide and 47” long.
The top is held in place by tenons and 4 lag bolts.
Danish Oil finish.

If interested there a detailed build album can be found here:

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 01:35 PM

Great split top bench and a fine pictorial!

Welcome to LJs’ mounttod

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#2 posted 10-15-2015 01:46 PM

This is a great lookin’ workbench. It should give you a lot of years of service.

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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#3 posted 10-15-2015 02:05 PM

Excellent Work!

What a clean garage!

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#4 posted 10-15-2015 02:20 PM

Top notch work, your joints all look very tight. I have been thinking of swapping my top out for a SYP top curious as to how it will hold up over time.

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#5 posted 10-15-2015 02:26 PM

That is a very nice looking Bench! The detailed album build was great.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 10-15-2015 02:27 PM

Great job, mounttod. Hope you get a lot of good use out of it.

-- Nathan

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#7 posted 10-15-2015 02:52 PM

Very cool excellent step-by-step photography and explanation. From the link you provided – what are the “catches” for the bench dogs and where did you get them?

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#8 posted 10-15-2015 03:22 PM

Great job. Welcome to LJs and I look forward to ur future post

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 10-15-2015 03:29 PM

Beautiful work bench. Excellent blog. well done

-- Mark

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#10 posted 10-15-2015 05:22 PM

Very Nice , Who says you have to use Expensive Wood to make one of these.

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#11 posted 10-15-2015 05:50 PM

Thanks everybody! Glad to finally be a lumberjock.

cmmyakman – look up brass bullet catches on amazon. If I can find the exact ones I purchased I’ll include it in the post.

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#12 posted 10-15-2015 06:32 PM

Found them immediately with those words – thank you very much for the description!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#13 posted 10-15-2015 07:18 PM

Thank you so much for the detailed blog. It’s going to make my build SO much easier.

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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#14 posted 10-15-2015 07:32 PM

I’m so glad this will help! I enjoyed the build so much and hope I can make another one sooner than later. Maybe for a friend or commission one someday. Every step of the build is enjoyable. I also think its the best project to learn hand planning skills on.

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#15 posted 10-15-2015 08:20 PM

That bench should last a lot of years. I also like the wall mounted chest. Welcome to the funny farm of tool addicts.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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