Split-top Roubo Workbench

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Project by Luis M posted 08-17-2016 06:27 PM 5276 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this split-top roubo workbench in August 2016. I’ve been wanting a proper workbench for a while now and I finally made it. This bench has been in the works for about 3 months.

The workbench overall dimensions are 6’ in length, 24” in depth and about 30-1/2” in height. The base and tops are made of poplar, which is cheap and plentiful in my area (Northern VA). The bottom shelf was made from The leg chop is made of cherry with a little bit of figure (the figure was an unexpected bonus). The sliding deadman and the rail for the deadman are made of soft maple.

I painted the base with barn red milk paint to match my ATC (and because I love milk paint). Then I put two coats of boiled linseed oil over the whole thing.

For the bench hardware I went with the Benchcrafted picked the classic leg vise and the crisscross. I also bought the Benchcrafted bench bolts. For the tail vise I picked the Veritas Inset Vise. I picked the Veritas vise to save money after splurging on the Benchcrafted leg vise.

I built this bench with the use of a 6” Jointer and 13” benchtop planer.

I’m extremely happy and proud of this workbench and can’t wait to start using it. For those interested in building this project I will add some diagrams below:

Here is a slideshow of all the pictures I have:

-- Luis

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#1 posted 08-17-2016 07:10 PM

GREAT bench.


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#2 posted 08-17-2016 07:40 PM

very nice looking bench. Cant wait to build one of my own

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#3 posted 08-17-2016 08:34 PM

Now that’s what I call a fine workbench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-17-2016 08:35 PM

Excellent work Luis, congrats!

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#5 posted 08-17-2016 11:30 PM

Very nicely done sir!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 02:52 AM

Totally awesome bench.

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#7 posted 08-18-2016 08:20 AM

Great work, can’t wait until I have a big enough shop for one of these beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 08-18-2016 10:47 AM

Sweet. You did a great work.

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#9 posted 08-18-2016 12:18 PM

Almost as nice as a Sjobergs Nordic Plus 1450.

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Luis M

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#10 posted 08-18-2016 03:09 PM

Thank you all for you kind words.

-- Luis

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#11 posted 08-18-2016 04:28 PM

Beautiful work Luis.
The centerpiece of a wonderful shop no doubt.
This is something you will appreciate a long time from now.
This should have made the “Editor’s Choice” award as well.
Nice job my friend.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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Combo Prof

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#12 posted 08-18-2016 05:04 PM

Get it beat up before your partner wants it for a dinning room table. DAMHIK.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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Luis M

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#13 posted 08-18-2016 05:54 PM

Eric, Thank you. This is my 2nd project that’s made it to the daily top 3. It’s very exiting!

Don, LOL, My wife knows better! Bu if she still wants it, she can have it as long as she can move it by herself!

-- Luis

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#14 posted 08-18-2016 08:20 PM

Very nice bench. This one will give your a lifetime of satisfaction.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#15 posted 08-19-2016 12:06 PM

Luis, that certainly is a well crafted bench. Very nice bench that will last decades.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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