Roubo's Bench: shoe bench that is

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Project by David LaBolle posted 03-17-2011 05:19 PM 5912 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project with my new Beast Master of a saw from Bad Axe Tool Works. Ever since I learned to cut this joint, known as a rising dovetail or Roubo’s Joint, I have been hungering to do a big one. This is a warm up to a new workbench I’m thinking of making myself. I have a little bit of nice size wood left over from this project and will do a short video showing how to layout and cut this impossible looking joint. The final pic shows one of the legs with the joint laid out and ready to cut. The red lines are necessary steps in laying out the joint, but don’t get cut.

The bench sits at the bottom of the stairs for people to sit on as they take off or put on their shoes.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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Julio Alonso

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 05:29 PM

Precious David ! it is a great job. You were desperate to show us your stunning beast master, werent you ? hahahaha. It is extremely delightful, congrats oh lucky you !


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#2 posted 03-17-2011 05:32 PM

Ichi ban!

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 05:37 PM

Beautiful job of bringing out the grain on the seat.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 06:06 PM

I really like your bench, big chunky furniture is a real eye pleaser. Thanks for posting and nice saw. Dand

-- Dand Kaslo

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 07:33 PM

where did you learn to cut the rising dovetail. ive searched for rising dovetail for a while and only thing i found is this spanish guy explaining it in spanish, which i don’t speak. ill look for the roubo joint though, i knew it had other names.

-- Ben L

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 04:41 AM

Man what a brow bender this joinery. figured it out this morning with some help from the woodwright’s guide.
They have a layout that anyone can follow. Wish i had tried it in a harder wood than spruce. Thanx again for posting this project, Its a beauty. Puzzling as the masons keystone…

-- Dand Kaslo

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#7 posted 03-18-2011 07:56 AM

Hi, Attainable Apex,

I learned it from a few different resources, one them was by watching a video on YouTube, in Spanish which I don’t speak. That video was done by the first gentleman to comment in this thread: Mr. Julio Alionso. Thanks again Julio. ; )

Another video that helped me out was by Mr. Roy Underhill of the PBS show The Wood Wright’s Shop.

Seven minutes into this first video he explains the basics of the joint:

Then starting at about 12 minutes into the program he goes into how to lay it out, then goes on to cut out the socket. Quick and easy. ; )

That should get you started.

I’ll be doing a video on YouTube showing how to lay it out. I think I can simplify and clarify it even further.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#8 posted 03-18-2011 03:00 PM

Nicely done David.

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

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#9 posted 03-18-2011 05:43 PM

WOW those are some Dovetails! Great work and nice looking saw! Congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 05:48 AM

Very nice – I like the torch effect.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 05-24-2011 05:56 PM

Nicely done. Great effect, and the workbench version sounds intriguing. Love to see it when it’s done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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