Roubo Workbench

  • Advertise with us
Project by DVB posted 07-05-2011 03:52 PM 8310 views 25 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my Roubo Workbench that I’ve been working on for the past couple months and FINALLY finished this past weekend. Of course it was heavily influenced by Chris Schwarz’s book. The top is three 6×8 Doug Fir Timbers laminated together, and the legs are Doug Fir 6×6s. I put a Benchcrafted Tail Vise and a Lake Erie wood screw on a cherry chop. I still have to build a shelf on the bottom and put a coat of Danish Oil on it, but as far as I’m concerned it’s finished!

I do have to give some credit, since I couldn’t have completed this bench (or had the courage to even attempt it) if it weren’t for Shannon Rogers’ personal help and his Hand Tool School. With my job, I’m not able to travel to woodworking classes and his online videos have taught me a TON! I have to say that without that as a learning resource, this bench wouldn’t have happened and I’m ecstatic that I built it. Furthermore since I live fairly close to him, he supplied me with the Doug Fir timbers. I received his permission and he let me know that his employer McIlvain lumber is going to be selling their overstock lumber through their retail partner Hardwood to Go at discounted rates. Anyway, thanks Shannon and thanks all for looking.


20 comments so far

View Bertha's profile


13529 posts in 2716 days

#1 posted 07-05-2011 04:07 PM

It’s currently my favorite new bench here. I’m planning EXACTLY what you did: woodscrew and benchcrafted wagon. Only difference is I’ll probably add a hook and deadman. What would you estimate this beauty to weigh?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View blackcherry's profile


3338 posts in 3846 days

#2 posted 07-05-2011 04:10 PM

Oh yea that a beauty of a bench, enjoy the many years of use and may you make plenty of people happy with the project that come rolling off your new work mate…Blkcherry

View CharlieM1958's profile


16275 posts in 4241 days

#3 posted 07-05-2011 04:11 PM

Love it!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View DVB's profile


8 posts in 3085 days

#4 posted 07-05-2011 04:22 PM


I’m guessing it weighs close to 300. I did just finish the deadman, but didn’t include a picture of it. I’m thinking about adding a sliding leg vise, but that may come in the future. First, I need to make something for the wife or else I’m done for!!

View itsmic's profile


1419 posts in 3141 days

#5 posted 07-05-2011 04:54 PM

Looks like a very, very sturdy bench, well made, A life time of projects await You, Have Fun, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

View Bertha's profile


13529 posts in 2716 days

#6 posted 07-05-2011 05:02 PM

DVB, it’s magnificent. I may have a few questions for you in the next 6 months. There’s a LJ here that makes wooden screws, so I’m likely to go the same route you went. It just seems more “pure” on such a bench. I guess you have to do some soul searching when it comes to vises. I mean, you can’t have two Veritas twin screws, an Emmert, a leg, a shoulder, a wagon, and a sliding leg!? I might add a twin screw where your wagon is, then move the wagon opposite the leg. I haven’t decided. I’d take yours just the way it is.

I like to tell the story about approaching my fiance’ with my benchcrafted online cart. I had the benchmakers package in there, all $800 of it or so. She responded, “that’s a lot for a bench but will this be the last I hear of it?” I couldn’t bring myselft to tell her that I’d need a few hundred board feet of hardwood, a few months of no honeydo list, and probably a new jointer! I might have to settle with just the wagon, but I’m getting the wagon!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View DVB's profile


8 posts in 3085 days

#7 posted 07-05-2011 05:14 PM

Please feel free to ask me any questions, I’d be thrilled to help.

I really like the wooden screw. And with the leather added to the inside faces of the leg vise, it can clamp boards so tight I can move the whole bench (not that I can lift 300 lbs. but you get the idea) I’m also super happy with the Benchcrafted vise, and it was really easy to put together. Since this was thicker than most benches, Jameel at Benchcrafted sent me a sketchup drawing and measurements for the thicker top. If you go that route, let me know and I can email it to you.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3696 days

#8 posted 07-05-2011 07:21 PM

Nice looking workbench!

View tsangell's profile


216 posts in 2716 days

#9 posted 07-05-2011 09:31 PM

Wow! What a Beast!

Three 6×8 doug fir beams… that’s much weight.

View Jorge Velez's profile

Jorge Velez

356 posts in 2609 days

#10 posted 07-06-2011 12:17 AM

that’s a very nice workbench, I wish I had the space for one of those. congrats and enjoy your terrific bench!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

View cwdance1's profile


1158 posts in 3282 days

#11 posted 07-06-2011 03:27 AM

What a great looking bench.

View bigike's profile


4052 posts in 3311 days

#12 posted 07-06-2011 03:46 AM

great work I like the wagon vice I think it’s called.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View Pete Tevonian's profile

Pete Tevonian

78 posts in 2941 days

#13 posted 07-06-2011 10:59 PM

I hope you built it exactly where you want to keep it! I can’t imagine how you’d move that thing very far. Nice work.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

View jcontract's profile


84 posts in 3110 days

#14 posted 07-07-2011 05:14 AM

Nice DVB. Question. Where did you get your leather?

View jcees's profile


1060 posts in 3822 days

#15 posted 07-07-2011 02:17 PM

Super bench. I wonder about the Doug Fir for a top. I’ve always found it a bit splintery and softer than SYP.

If you don’t mind me stepping in on jcontract’s question, I found enough leather to line both of my vise jaws on eBay. Search for “the leather guy” there and you’ll find what you need. I used 5lb. weight. Got it dirt cheap.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics