Roubo Workbench

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Project by longhornboyd45 posted 10-18-2010 04:00 PM 4394 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my workbench this weekend. After a year of dreaming and 2 months of work it is finally done. This bench began after purchasing the book “Workbenches” by Christopher Schwarz. The construction is primarily construction grade southern yellow pine. All pieces were milled and laminated to make the structure.

Dimensions: 90” long, 27’ deep and 35” high.

The top is a full 4” thick and the legs are 5”x5”

I used Walnut for the leg vice, quick release vice chop and dowels to lock the mortise and tennon joinery. No special reason other than i like the contrast in color. I must say this bench is a beast. It weighs around 300+ pounds. I figure it should last me quite a while.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 10-18-2010 04:04 PM

Looks very well made.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 04:05 PM

Oh, she’s a BEAUTY !!!

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 04:34 PM

great work, did you have any difficulty sourcing the Southern Yellow Pine?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 04:37 PM

Living in Texas, you can find the stuff in bulk at any big box store. The only difficult part is finding enough without knots and warping. I went to 3 local stores over the course of a month and that is all it took.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 08:22 PM

I went through the same thing in Mississippi. The stuff’s plentiful, but finding good wood is a little tougher. I ended up getting mine from an old-fashioned lumberyard. When I told them what I wanted it for, the agent told the yard boy to let me pick good stuff. I guess they weren’t too busy that day!

Nice job!

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 12:07 AM

Looks great. Nice work! If only I could get mine finished now. =)

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 12:23 AM

Big bold and beautiful NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIce

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 03:55 AM

90 inches long! this thing IS a beast. I tink Chris has every woodworkier across the US building one of these Roubo benches

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 01:48 PM

Very nice bench. I also like a softer wood for my bench. That bench should last for your grandchildren, great grandchildren and so on.

Well done!

-- Chris, Hubertus, WI

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 05:56 PM

Very nice. This has helped motivate to get to work on my workbench.

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 02:52 PM

Nice looking bench. It ought to serve you well.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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