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Tail Vise for my Roubo Workbench

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Project by jerrylee posted 1085 days ago 3401 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing a recent submission by another subscriber regarding a new bench with plans to add a tail vise, I decided to pass along the vise that I added to my Roubo workbench. It’s a left-handed bench, a version of the one built by Chris Schwarz in Popular Woodworking.

The key to making it easy was to cut short some of the boards for the top before glue-up and incorporate groves in the ones on either side of the slot. The cut-offs served as the sliding block that had white oak splines to run in the groves. Added leather to the faces to protect the project piece. The dog holes are obvious. The hardware for both vises, as well as a hold-down are from Lee Valley.

The vise is basically the same type I put in my Norm Abram’s style bench several years earlier.





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Bertha

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#1 posted 1085 days ago

It’s really nice looking. I would have forgotten to dado the runners before I laminated the top!

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

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#2 posted 1085 days ago

Very nice bench. I want to build one too and right now i am calculating on the wood :)

So maybe this winter ill start on it:)

Weel done

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Tj_Archie

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#3 posted 1085 days ago

Cool !! May I ask what’s the wood you used?

-- Jose, Tijuana MX. Practice makes perfection... or better said, Practice makes permanent... so be careful what you practice!

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jerrylee

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#4 posted 1085 days ago

I used untreated southern yellow pine as did Schwarz for his first Roubo in Popular Woodworking. I made my bench 7 feet long and 25 1/4 wide. Pretty much followed his plan. The top is 4 inches thick and it is joined with drawborn white oak pegs.

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#5 posted 1085 days ago

I’m so jealous! I wish I had room for a monster like that. I love the looks of them and to have the that many solid vises would be great.

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

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bigike

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#6 posted 1085 days ago

very nice

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1084 days ago

I’m thinking about making mine 6 feet long. When you look at yours and imagine a foot shaved off, does it still seem grandiose and spectacular? If not, I might go 7 like you did;)

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

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jerrylee

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#8 posted 1084 days ago

Six foot length will be fine as long as the top and framework are heavy enough to provide stability in use. The main reason I built this bench in the first place was that the Abram’s style was too light and racked during hand planning (plus it was right handed – I didn’t know why I should have built it in reverse back then). The legs on this on are 5” square and the stretchers are 3 3/4” wide (3×1 1/4”) as opposed to Schwarz who used 2×1 1/4” – the bench probably weighs close to 300 lbs.

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1084 days ago

I’ve committed to a massive slab, 6” maple. Overkill, of course. I’ve waited long enough for this bench that I feel like I can justify going a bit over the top. In terms of length, however, my tiny shop will only afford so much. I might be able to eek out 7’ but at 6” thick, a foot represents a good bit of wood. Thanks! Al.

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

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jerrylee

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#10 posted 1084 days ago

Glad to help – WV is my home state as noted by the center panel in my toolchest – Parkersburg. I believe I saw a pedal style scroll saw once on your site – My farther had one – my mother sold it after he died. Wish I had it today.

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#11 posted 1083 days ago

My wife is from Parkersburg and we go regularly to visit. Did you obtain your lumber the way The Schwarz recommends. Did you go to lowes and get clear 2 x 10 s or 2×12s and rip them? If so, what was your lumber cost?

I have read his workbench book and plan on building a Roubo bench soon. I have mentioned using southern yellow pine to my main lumber guy and he just looks at me quizzically. His opinion is that if you are going to go through the trouble why not use a “nicer” wood like maple and it wouldn’t be much more. I kind of agree with him but I haven’t priced it out yet.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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jerrylee

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#12 posted 1082 days ago

Always glad to hear of another woodworking relationship to P’burg – bet you stop in at Woodcraft while you are there. I went back to my records and saw that I spent $165 for the Southern Yellow Pine in May of ‘09. I now live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and had to try several places to find what I wanted – untreated 2×12 in 16 foot lengths. I had the yard cut them to 8 ft for transportation. Bench is 7 ft. Getting extra long boards insures you getting the best quality as quality goes down some in shorter lengths plus you have good allowance for checking. Certainly, go with maple if it won’t cost a lot more. Better have a really sharp plane when you level the top. By the way, after two years as Schwarz noted, my bench shows some sinking down the middle requiring a replaning.

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