Roubo Workbench

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Project by D11RDozer posted 01-11-2011 10:03 PM 7937 views 29 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pictures of the Andre Roubo inspired French workbench I recently completed. It is strongly based on the plan from Christopher Schwarz's Workbench book and Jameel Abraham's bench. It’s about 7’ 5” long, 34” high, 24” deep and it probably weighs around 350 lbs. The top is 4” thick, the legs are about 5” square. It’s made entirely from 8/4 white ash with the exception of the oak pegs. I turned the leg vise pin handle (my first turning) from an off-cut that had some nice curly figure. Of course the awesome leg vise and tail vise hardware are from Benchcrafted. For the finish it soaked up a whole quart of Watco Danish Oil Natural which really added some nice color. It was a lot of work to build but I really enjoyed the process and I have no doubt that it will outlast me.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 10:10 PM

Thats PURDY!! I really like this monster. What is the screw driver for in the second pic?

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 10:10 PM

great job on the bench, im in the planning stages of building a new bench. I hope i can turn out something that looks half as nice as yours.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 10:14 PM

very nice job. Your great grandkids should be able to use that.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 10:16 PM

Sweet bench congrats on a job well done!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 10:22 PM

I love the wheel turn for the vise. I think thats the first time I have seen one like that.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 10:28 PM

A bench to die for! Or perhaps under!
I love it, this Bench Crafted hardware are just the coolest.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 10:33 PM

That’s gorgeous. I like the wheel as well.

I love this as well.

The parallel guide

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 10:39 PM

yeah…yeah…yeah…and now for all the projects this great bench will assist you with….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 10:44 PM

I am in awe of your skill. The bench is absolutely beautiful and will be a joy to use for a long time to come. Congratulations!


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#10 posted 01-11-2011 10:51 PM

that bench is handsome and strong …hulk like you know

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 11:19 PM

well done abuty is born
may it serve you well :-)

now lets see some chips and dust cloud from you


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#12 posted 01-11-2011 11:28 PM

Simply awesome! I’ve ordered Chris Schwarz’s book. It looks as if many of us have come under his influence.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#13 posted 01-12-2011 02:49 AM

That’s AWESOME where is the cup holder

-- Hat Creek

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 03:18 AM

That is sweet! Enjoy it. Hopefully one of my next projects will be a bench.

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#15 posted 01-12-2011 04:40 AM

Wow, that’s a beautiful workbench. Nice job!

-- She was only a rancher's daughter, but all of the horsemen knew her.

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