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Project by mvflaim posted 01-16-2010 09:02 PM 9836 views 39 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Workbench I designed and built around two Roubo workbenches. One is in Chris Schwarz’s book Workbenches and the other is in Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Guide Working with Wedge and Edge. Bench is 8 feet long, 24” wide and built out of southern yellow pine. The vise on the end is an Emmert’s Patternmaker’s Vise.

-- http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/





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Mathew Nedeljko

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 09:13 PM

Wow that is gorgeous…almost too nice to use… That vise is awesome…wish I had one..wherever did you find that?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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JasonWagner

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 09:19 PM

Awesome workbench! That is a great vise.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 09:23 PM

Beastly Roubo, nice looking work surface. Thank for posting your good work, enjoy…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 09:29 PM

This is a gorgeous bench. I have one of these on my to-do list (if I can ever convince my wife that her list needs to wait) and am leaning strongly toward the Roubo style of bench. I daresay that most of us would enjoy having a bench like this in our shop.

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

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mvflaim

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 09:36 PM

Hi Mathew,

I got the vise at an antique tool auction in Indy a few years back. Best tool I ever bought!

I wrote a five part blog on building the bench over at Fine Woodworking. http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/4841/making-a-roubo-workbench-part-1

-- http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/

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Bill729

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 09:59 PM

Very Nice! I am planning to build a bench top like yours, and was curious about the best way to drill the peg holes in the top. Question (f you don’t mind): How heavy is the top and did you hold it up to a drill press (or do something else). Thank you for sharing!

Bill

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mvflaim

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 10:03 PM

Hi Bill,

The top is quite heavy and is attached with through angled mortise and tenon joinery. The front joints are rising dovetails. You can read how I did it here http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/6594/making-a-roubo-workbench-part-3

-- http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/

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Bill729

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 10:05 PM

Noob question: What is the reason for the removal of the square corner next to the tail vise? Is it to help hold a chair (or something else?)?

Bill

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Bill729

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 10:13 PM

mvflaim, Thank you for documenting your efforts and for providing that link! I’m sure it will teach me a great deal! I have little doubt that you will make many fine projects on your bench and I hope that it helps bring you much satisfaction.

Bill

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DTWoodknot

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 10:46 PM

sweet bench

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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mvflaim

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 11:02 PM

Hi Bill,

The reason for the cut out around the tail vise is so that I can work off the left and right side of it. It just gives me better reach when I have something clamped in the vise and I need to work on something at different angles.

Thanks for the compliments, Mike

-- http://mvflaim.wordpress.com/

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 01-17-2010 03:19 AM

Thats a nice workbench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 01-17-2010 03:21 AM

All i got to say is…Wow! That is nice!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#14 posted 01-17-2010 04:27 AM

Beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 01-17-2010 04:31 AM

Great benches

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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