Benchcrafted-inspired Roubo workbench

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Project by Dan Wolfgang posted 06-29-2017 01:40 AM 4040 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Benchcrafted-inspired split-top Roubo workbench. Eight feet long, 29” wide, 35” tall, and weighs about 300 pounds. Includes a leg vise, tail vise, and sliding deadman, and was built over six months. Primarily constructed of Burrill fir 2×4s from Home Depot, but also birch, white oak, red oak, cherry, soft maple, hard maple, walnut, makore, and sapele. The vises are built with Lee Valley tail vise screws, and Benchcrafted’s crisscross keeps the leg vise parallel.

I’m primarily a hand tool woodworker and prior to this worked on a small old dining table that is bowed, unstable, and lightweight. I also have a wall-mounted work area that is flat and reasonably stable however it’s 39” tall. Working on this bench with two awesome vises has been an amazing change. I’ve said it before, but I find the adage “it’s a poor carpenter who blames his tools” to be very false—this bench has made me a better woodworker both because of the skill I developed in building it and because it’s the right tool for the job.

I blogged the build, where there’s a lot more detail:

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#1 posted 06-29-2017 02:45 AM

Great bench. That should last generations.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 02:47 AM

That is a beautiful bench ! Very nice work, looks like it will last a lifetime

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 06-29-2017 03:11 AM

Wow! What a beauty! I bet this bench will be around for a long long time! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 06-29-2017 03:56 AM

That’s a great looking bench. I can’t wait to start my bench this winter.

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#5 posted 06-29-2017 12:25 PM

Nice work, and I see you already have an apprentice!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 06-29-2017 12:31 PM

Wow! Dan, his is a real nice workbench and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-29-2017 12:43 PM

Nice looking bench, you’re going to love using it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 06-29-2017 07:04 PM

Great looking bench… your shop helper looks pretty psyched about it too…

only one problem that I see….. you built it backwards :^p

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Greg Gimbel

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#9 posted 06-30-2017 12:55 AM

Wow what an amazing bench!! I need to get off my * and build one. I have been wanting to do one for about 5 years now.


-- Greg Gimbel, Rifle, Colorado,

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Dan Wolfgang

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#10 posted 06-30-2017 02:02 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words, all! Indeed, this is a left-hander’s bench.

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#11 posted 06-30-2017 12:56 PM

This is great work! I have yet to build my own bench. I too, use old dining tables for my benches. Right now they are still sturdy as I’ve only used them for about 2 years. I hope that when my time comes to build a bench I get results similar to yours!

Beautiful work!

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#12 posted 07-01-2017 12:47 PM

Great looking bench. You are inspiring.

I am in the process of closing my business to be able to retire. Once that is complete, I’ve got plans to build my bench. Like Frank Klauz says, every woodworker should have a good bench. IMO, that’s not blaming your tools.


-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#13 posted 07-02-2017 12:07 AM

Nice job Dan and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-03-2017 10:27 PM

turned out great! One of these is definitely on my bucket list. Good job.

-- Justin, Iowa

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Daniel Solowiej

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#15 posted 07-04-2017 03:03 PM

This bench and your blog entries regarding its construction were a pleasure to see. An excellent job. I especially love the gapstop color contrast. Really nice work !

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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