Roubo Bench

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Project by Sennelier76 posted 898 days ago 4578 views 31 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the final images of the Christopher Schwarz inspired Roubo build. My guess is that it weighs in around 300lbs or so. Heavy enough no doubt. To see the full details of the build, you check out my blog:

The top consists of two 3 1/4” thick white oak slabs edge glued. The legs are poplar, the stretchers are cedar, and the vise chop housing the Lake Erie Toolworks vise kit is quarter sawn maple.

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#1 posted 898 days ago

I really like the poplar joinery on the table top! Good job.

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#2 posted 898 days ago

Cool-thanks. You know I just went to a big-box store and bought untreated mystery 6×6 landscape timbers and when I planed them, they turned out to be really nice pieces. I was pleasantly surprised.

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#3 posted 898 days ago

I love that look. VERY nice job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#4 posted 898 days ago

Great. Love the vice crank handle.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 898 days ago

Nice bench! Your link to the blog doesn’t work. It should be .com not .org

-- Apple Creek, Ohio

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#6 posted 898 days ago

out standing. I love it.

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#7 posted 898 days ago

beautiful bench.nice looking jointery.i also have and love the lake erie wooden vise.

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#8 posted 898 days ago

Awesome job. I have this on my list for the coming year. Can’t wait to read through your blog to follow your build process.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#9 posted 898 days ago

Fantastic. I love the tenon+dovetail (vertical sliding dovetail?) combination on the legs. I’ll bet it was difficult to get them fitting right. The dovetail/butterfly/dutchman key between the slabs is excellent, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 898 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the kind words and my apologies for the incorrect link. I’ve got it changed now.

The sliding dovetail tenons were indeed a challenge-cutting the tenons out of the legs wasn’t so bad-it was fashioning those mortises in 3”+ white oak that really gave me a workout.

Thanks to everyone for looking.


-- Bobby, Iowa,

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#11 posted 898 days ago

An excellent result and a very sturdy bench. It should be a real pleasure to use for hand planing, and lots of other uses too of course.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 898 days ago

WOW! This is the bench I am planning to build this summer. Stunning execution, you should be very proud of this one!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#13 posted 898 days ago

Now that’s a beauty !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 898 days ago

This one awesome work bench!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#15 posted 898 days ago


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

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