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Roubo Workbench with a German Flair

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 1367 days ago 4704 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I had uploaded this already but was surprised to discover I missed it. With so much talk about workbenches these days I figured now was a good time to post my Roubo workbench. I finished this early in 2010 and have built several pieces on it since then. I am thrilled with this beast. I work almost entirely by hand so having a bench that is so functional is a life saver. I used the Benchcrafted end vise on the front left side and wooden screws for the leg vise and sliding leg vise. The bench is made entirely of Ash and comes in around 400+ lbs. This is the most valuable player in my shop hands down!! It took me more than a year to build because well, I’m slow, but also because I had many other projects moving in and out of the shop and I had to work on it when I could find time around those. I blogged the entire build and you can find it on my site in Projects under Roubo Workbench

I have not added any finish to the top yet because I knew I would get some movement and just have to reflatten the top. The 3rd picture included shows a shot of the end vise and end cap and you can see how the 12/4 lumber of the end cap and shrunk away from the rest of the top significantly. While the bench is really not out of flat by much, I will flatten it again this winter and apply a few light coats of Danish oil.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at www.renaissancewoodworker.com





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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 1367 days ago

I saw the two leg vises and said to myself, that looks like the Renaissance Woodworker’s vise! I don’t know what that means when I recognize people by their benches.

Looks great. I’m working my way through the Roubo podcasts.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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#2 posted 1367 days ago

Hey Shannon,
One sweet bench…great job.

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mafe

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#3 posted 1367 days ago

What a wonderful bench, you are going to love the time you will get by it.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 1367 days ago

Wow, very cool project. Does it have enough vises? :-) Inspires me to make another bench.

-- Bob A in NJ

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TheGravedigger

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#5 posted 1367 days ago

Yeah, the two leg vises is absolutely killer. If I ever made another complete bench, I would think seriously about it (right-handed, of course).

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1367 days ago

Fantastic bench

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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NormG

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#7 posted 1367 days ago

Now that is a bench just wanting something to be put on it. Great work. I bet I am slower

-- Norman

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Chip

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#8 posted 1367 days ago

Great bench Shannon. A thing of beauty AND functional. So solid and the vices are terrific. I’m sure it is a joy to work on. Glad you gave us a chance to see it!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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MayflowerDescendant

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#9 posted 1366 days ago

Shannon,

That’s one AWESOME bench. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Loucarb

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#10 posted 1366 days ago

Great bench it should give you a lifetime of service. Well done.

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sedcokid

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#11 posted 1366 days ago

Shannon, I wish I had a great bench like this. You did a wonderful job on it!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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GaryL

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#12 posted 1366 days ago

Great bench!! I’ve got to get one built. Have had a stack of 8/4 hard maple waiting for the day to come.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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dorran

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#13 posted 1366 days ago

In the event of earthquake or tornado; Get under this bench. Do it justice and use it and abuse it.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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ratchet

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#14 posted 1366 days ago

Sweet bench! Looks like its really massive. Does the slidding vise roll?

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BTKS

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#15 posted 1366 days ago

How cool! I’ve been watching Roy Underhill on PBS’ website. He just built a splayed leg Roubo. This is a wonderful bench and an incredible demonstration of old world craftsmanship.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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