Roubo Workbench

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Project by kenn posted 08-18-2009 08:43 PM 11552 views 22 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I started using this bench several weeks ago, it is officially completed! I am very pleased with it. The Record style vise on the end is lined up with the dogholes (Which my wife keeps calling the dead dogs, can’t seem to keep the dog holes and the sliding deadman seperate in her mind). I lined that vise with cherry and used a piece of tiger maple to replace the stop. I will replace the handle on the leg vise when I find a piece of wood that I like for that location. The top is hard maple and finished out at 23 5/8” by 9’ 2”, plenty big enough that I don’t think I will ever build another bench. I hand planed the surface flat. The base is primarily oak with some unknown wood, maybe ash, that I laminated together to make the legs and strechers. The shelves , leg vise and sliding deadman are ash. The whole bench has a coat of BLO to help make keeping it clean a little easier. The last two pictures show the shelves in a more natural, clutered state…I had to sweep up and clean everything for these pictures.

I have my first project lined up and ready to start, here’s the preview.
So all of you jocks who tell new bench builders to get to work on a project (like me), I’m ready to get to work on a “real” project. As a mild bonus rant, how’s this pic for the 27 sample finishes I made before getting one approved by my son/client who I am going to build a 4 poster bed and some additional furniture.
That bed was my reason/excuse for needing a new workbench. Anyway, thanks for looking at my new bench, I have a few blogs on the build process that have a few hints. The only thing that I think I should have done different is to have raised the parallel guide up about an inch so it would clear my mats easier.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 08:51 PM

A great looking bench. And a sample of the sample finish pieces. I hope that the maple is thick enough for you to plane it off and salvage the tiger maple wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-18-2009 08:55 PM

turned out great! good design too. nor sure BLO helps keep the bench clean (since it doesnt create a surface smooth film) -but it definitely keeps the moisture level under control, and warms the lumber up.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-18-2009 08:59 PM

Looks great! 9’ is a monster bench – great that you have room for it.

A question – about how long did it take you to build it (real time, and also shop-hours)? I’m considering building a similar bench, and would like to know the time (and money, if you don’t mind) investment that I’d be looking at.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#4 posted 08-18-2009 09:17 PM

great bench super job

-- Custom furniture

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 08-18-2009 09:20 PM

Awesome bench. Now the fun really begins!


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#6 posted 08-18-2009 09:37 PM

Cool, Cool, Cool, Cool, Cool, Sweet, Cool, Cool, Sweet.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 08-18-2009 10:04 PM

That is impressive!

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 08-18-2009 10:32 PM


Man,that bench turned out beautifully! I really like the sliding “extra hand” on the front.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 08-18-2009 10:55 PM

Kenn, that is a beautiful bench and I am glad to see the finished product. You are right this should be the last bench you will need.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 08-18-2009 11:40 PM

Kenn, thats a beautiful bench!

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#11 posted 08-18-2009 11:54 PM

Very nice bench. Great design and the heft is excellent! You wont ever need another. Glad to see that you are well under way with the next project also. Keep up the good work.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#12 posted 08-19-2009 01:42 AM

very nice bench,good job

-- Simon, Illinois

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#13 posted 08-19-2009 02:30 AM

Very very nice, I love the Roubo form!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 08-19-2009 03:47 AM

Monster style bench…what a beast, great accomplishment…Blkcherry

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#15 posted 08-19-2009 04:14 AM

that is an incredible bench…beautifully conceived and created…huge.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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