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Project by John posted 01-01-2016 03:40 PM 2587 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another Roubo post. :)

I needed a better bench for my hand tool work. I read both of the Schwarz’ workbench books, along with just about anything I could find on the subject online. I debated with myself for some time on the best design, I decided on the Roubo because it is like a blank slate. I was able to get some leftover/extra materials at work, so after much deliberation, I finally pulled the trigger and got to work.

The legs are 6×6 douglas fir milled down to 5×5. The stretchers are 4×6 douglas fir milled down to 3.5×5. I was fortunate enough to get the legs and stretchers from work (leftovers from a big project). The top is hem-fir from the blue borg. I dug through the racks to find a decent amount of clear, straight 2×12x16. Brought those home, milled them up, and let them sticker for a about a month. The chop and sliding deadman are QSWO. Again I lucked into a 2×10x10 piece of white oak for my favorite price, FREE. The insert is ash and walnut that I had in the racks for awhile. The vise screw is from Woodcraft, it was purchased with a gift card. The bench is finished with a BLO and varnish blend. All and all, I think I’m into this bench for less than $150.

I started using this bench for a big commission job before it was even finished. So far I love it. I was concerned I would miss the tail vise, but just using holdfasts and battens, I have yet to be stumped on a workholding solution. It has been everything I hoped it would be, and I would recommend it to anyone that works hand tools, and has the room.

Thanks for looking. Questions and critiques are always welcome, and stay safe out there.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 04:23 PM

John that’s a great looking bench. Looks like you could park my pickup and it wouldn’t budge an inch. I can’t wait to build one for myself.

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John

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 04:28 PM

Thanks bob. I don’t know about my pickup, but my burly frame can’t get it to rack even a little, and it’s a chore to move around the shop.
Bondo pose is forthcoming.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 04:42 PM

great looking bench!
Now you have me thinking about removing the tail vise I have on my table
I put it on because i thought i had to (no experience at the time) but i actually find it in the way sometimes due to a small shop

-- Greg Simon

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Andre

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 05:21 PM

Nice Bench, A pleasure to work on something solid that does not move. guess it depends on what you build but I couldn’t imagine not having my Tail Vise.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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John

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#5 posted 01-01-2016 05:30 PM


Nice Bench, A pleasure to work on something solid that does not move. guess it depends on what you build but I couldn t imagine not having my Tail Vise.

- Andre

I couldn’t agree more. Building without the tail vise was a bit of a gamble on my part. I figured I could add it later if I was that lost without it. Haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would, jury is still out. Doing just fine without it though….

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 05:40 AM

Solid good looking bench. Why a split top? I just finished mine and went with a solid top. Again sold work. Don’t forget to add smackdown to your project tags, and posting a pic or two to the bench smackdown thread would be good.

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

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 08:43 AM

That looks great. Love the design

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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John

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 02:36 PM



Solid good looking bench. Why a split top? I just finished mine and went with a solid top. Again sold work. Don t forget to add smackdown to your project tags, and posting a pic or two to the bench smackdown thread would be good.

- theoldfart

The split top was just a bit of why not? It is easier to hump around two smaller slabs than one huge slab also. I haven’t really used the split top to its full abilities yet, but I do like the gap in the insert as a tool holder.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#9 posted 01-02-2016 09:34 PM

Nice

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Tim Royal

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#10 posted 01-03-2016 01:21 AM

Really nice bench! You could add the Veritas inset wagon vise at any time… if you see the need!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#11 posted 01-03-2016 02:47 PM

That is one sweet bench it’s a perfect bench. Great job

-- Thom CT.

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