Roubo Bench

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Project by prcoulson posted 12-04-2015 04:25 PM 3720 views 21 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hopefully you are like me and love looking at benches. If not sorry for posting yet another bench. I seem to like contemporary clean lines and I also like everything to fit together so when building this bench that is what I was focusing on. I notice that lots of times people do not match the bench/chop/sliding deadman and things look off (at least to me). Another thing that intrigues me was the idea of having an asymmetrical chop, EVERY design I have seen have kept it symmetrical. I assume this is for balance but after seeing the hardware I was working with I decided to see if it would work.

I actually started the bench with a single drawing of a few chop ideas (one of the images). From there I went about building the chop and base making sure they worked and were smooth. After that I made the top. For the last step I was having trouble coming up with a sliding deadman that made sense so I took a novel approach. I took a picture of the bench then drew different ideas on the image (final drawing included). After I came up with something I liked I went about making it. Overall I think the project came together well and looks cohesive. The asymmetrical chop does not affect the action or holding power.

As a side bonus I had a little extra wood so I made the moxon vise and carvers vice (although the carvers vice does not match the contemporary design). I also want to modify the moxon vice to have a lambs tongue maybe I will do that soon.

I still need to make a taller vice using the “classic” hardware to work closer to eye level and a La Forge Royale Miter Jack. I have both the kits but not the time. Actually the La Forge just seems a little intimidating and over my skill level so that is my excuse there.

-- patrick

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#1 posted 12-04-2015 05:01 PM

Great looking bench. You might post this on the workbench smackdown thread also.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-04-2015 06:19 PM

Oh man. I’m pretty sure this is the dream of every woodworker. I have to believe I’ll end up making one at some point. I have the WW plans.

Awesome bench and awesome execution.

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#3 posted 12-04-2015 06:31 PM

Simply gorgeous! Well done sir!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 12-04-2015 07:58 PM

That is incredible, well done. The benchcrafted hardware looks amazing. Far cry from my harbor freight POS bench.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 08:46 PM

very nice!

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 09:36 PM

Hot dang! That’s one very nice bench. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 10:20 PM

Beautiful work!

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 10:26 PM

Very nice bench. A well earned Daily-Top-3 badge.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 10:36 PM

Nicely done. Don’t kid yourself you built a nice Roubo, you could knock out the miter jack!!

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 10:42 PM

Fantastic bench, beautiful work. Very nicely done!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#11 posted 12-04-2015 11:19 PM

man one of the nicest benches ive seen like a piece of fine furniture thats going to be a pleasure to use good work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 12-04-2015 11:42 PM

That vise on the corner of the top caught my eye. wish you had a close up. Understand from your text it is for holding wood for carving. Well constructed bench.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 12-05-2015 12:46 AM

Brian it is a carvers vice from Benchcrafted. Every now and then they sell the hardware to make it. You have to supple to wood and build it but if I remember correctly it only took a weekend. Pretty straight forward. If you go to their website’s blog you can get much more information on it.

-- patrick

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#14 posted 12-05-2015 03:05 AM

Wow- just wow.

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 03:19 AM

Patrick your bench is so perfect in so many ways. I love it and am so envious. I’m dreaming of building an honest to gosh woodworking bench. Very well done!

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