|Project by ShannonRogers||posted 10-24-2010 07:14 AM||5891 views||12 times favorited||19 comments|
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.
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