Split Top Roubo Workbench

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Project by briant posted 1378 days ago 10074 views 81 times favorited 63 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I’m not new to woodworking, the largest project up to this point was a coffee table that I made in 1977. Having no table saw or band saw proved not to be as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Hand and portable tools as well as a jointer and planer made to project doable. It just took longer than I thought it would.
It’s kind of nice to think that if I can do this….who knows what else I can do. Lesser projects should be a piece of cake!

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

That is certianly a high scale bench! Absolute excellent job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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-- Derek, Iowa

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

Looks like you’ll be able to handle any size project now. Great job.

-- Jeff

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

Fantastic work. I would love to hear the story about the handwheels on that workbench. A very different touch. Looks like it would be very useful…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

Very Nice !! Love the Wheels on the Clamps !!


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

That a WOWerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Great work on a stallion of a bench….BC

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#7 posted 1378 days ago

indeed “Lesser projects should be a piece of cake!” :) nice build

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 1378 days ago

Thanks One and All!
Jarrod…yes both the plans and the hardware were from Benchcrafted. The quality of both the plans and the hardware is spectacular.
The biggest hurdle was lifting and managing such large, heavy sections by myself. I was thinking of looking in the yellow pages for Sherpas.

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#9 posted 1378 days ago

Should have called two men and a truck. Then told them the truck was optional. LOL Beautiful workmanship. Makes me wonder why I bought all the power tools.

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#10 posted 1378 days ago

WOW! Beautiful bench. What woods did you use?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#11 posted 1378 days ago

The woods are Hard Maple for the undercarriage and bench tops, Curly Maple for the Vise Chop, and California Walnut for the two accent strips laminated in the benchtops. The crank handles that came from Benchcrafted, I believe to be made from Cocobolo

-- Brian, New Mexico

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 1378 days ago

I mean that is a jaw dropping nice.
I think it would look good in the dinning room.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nick Solimine

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#13 posted 1378 days ago

One heck of a job. Really beautifully done. Use in Health

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#14 posted 1378 days ago

gorgeous workbench!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 1378 days ago

Amazing Bench, I am just trying to keep the drool off my keyboard while looking at it!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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