|Project by John||posted 01-01-2016 03:40 PM||2709 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
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...