Roubo Bench

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Project by Sennelier76 posted 03-13-2012 12:57 AM 4742 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 03-13-2012 01:03 AM

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 01:06 AM

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 03-13-2012 01:26 AM

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 03-13-2012 02:30 AM

Great. Love the vice crank handle.

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

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 03:09 AM

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 03-13-2012 03:45 AM

out standing. I love it.

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 04:05 AM

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

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 04:27 AM

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 03-13-2012 04:37 AM

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 03-13-2012 10:44 AM

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 03-13-2012 11:58 AM

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 03-13-2012 01:11 PM

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 03-13-2012 01:45 PM

Now that’s a beauty !!!

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

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#14 posted 03-13-2012 01:56 PM

This one awesome work bench!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#15 posted 03-13-2012 04:02 PM


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

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