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Roubo Workbench w/ Twin Screw

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Project by BerBer5985 posted 03-27-2012 03:30 AM 2864 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Roubo out of Douglas Fir and Whitewood is finally complete…..almost! After about a month worth of actual work, couple hours at a time and a fair amount of mistakes, the roubo is done and finally usable. The top is laminated douglas fir 4×4 with the base just whitewood from HD. Size is 7’ Long x 20” Wide. This was a mostly hand tools project only using the jointer and planer for about half of the stock prep. A lot of the prep was done with hand planes and all the joinery was done by hand. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s heavy and stable. I decided on the twin screw after I drilled a hole in the leg for the leg vise too far near the top. It only would have given me about 4” deep jaws. Big mistake where I drilled first, then put the whole thing together and realize how close I put the hole. So, I scrapped that idea and went with a twin screw. The twin screw was originally going to be my end vise and the leg vise my main vise, but I had an older 7” columbian woodworking vise laying around that seemed perfect for the job and it works fine for now.

The chop of the twin screw is made from two leftover oak stairtreads that I’ve had laying my store. I ripped them down to size and glued them up. The vise mounting blocks are made from 3×3 pallet wood pieces. I’m not sure the species, but it was hard and really pretty and free, so they went into the workbench. The pictures show with and without finish. The finish right now is just one coat of BLO. Makes the Doug Fir really nice to look at anyway. The only thing I have left to do is put a shelf on the bottom with I have 1×2’s and leftover engineered hardwood that is 5” wide. Should work perfect for the shelf and they are all tongue and groove. Overall, there are things I would change about the workbench, for one the twin screw takes forever to unscrew with those metal screws, but it works for now. My next workbench will have a leg vise using the Lake Erie Vise Screw that I purchased for this workbench. Overall, I’m happy to finally have a solid workbench which will open my hand tool techniques up. Up until now I’ve been doing small boxes because it’s all the space I had to do hand tool work with.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 03:36 AM

Nice, may it serve you well.

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

A good quality workbench is essential in the shop. Nice one there

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 04:59 AM

Greg, great bench! I really like the twin screw that should work for both edge planing and holding boards vertically. Looks nice and heavy; I hope you enjoy it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 10:25 AM

Beautiful bench.
Congrat.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 11:19 AM

You did a nice job on it and it will serve you well for many years.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 11:27 AM

Beautiful job on the bench!

Lee

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 01:03 PM

one hell-of-a bench. it’ll give ya many years o service

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 02:45 PM

Great looking bench!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#9 posted 03-27-2012 02:51 PM

You are going to love having that nice work space.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 03:38 PM

Good job on the joinery Greg and a beefy bench to boot. That’s going to last a long time.

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#11 posted 03-27-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys! It def took longer than I anticipated but it was def fun. I think I might build another soon because I have enough leftover to build maybe a nicolson or the Paul sellers bench. Plus I have a nice unused leg vise screw waiting to be used along with a Beale 1 1/2 threader that can make an end vise with. Can’t hurt to have 2 benches, can it? Haha but for now I’m gonna get started on some much delayed projects that required a workbench.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#12 posted 03-27-2012 08:12 PM

Very nice work. Really like the joinery. Can never hurt to have 2—seems like work surfaces are always in short supply.

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#13 posted 03-27-2012 09:03 PM

Really nice workbench. Really want to redo mine but haven’t figured out how I want to do it.

-- Brandon

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 12:59 AM

Looks great. Massive vise.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ, www.pankowoodworks.com

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#15 posted 03-29-2012 03:33 AM

nice job on that!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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