Split top "ROUBO"

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Project by kaiser posted 861 days ago 3871 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my split top Roubo, that I made this winter.

Wood species:
Maple, Walnut and Samanea.

Hardware: Benchcrafted.

Finish: BLO, mineral spirits and spar varnish. (equal parts)

Construction: Drawbored M&T mostly.

You can check out more about this bench and it’s construction methods at

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#1 posted 861 days ago

Great looking bench you have made. Very solid and should last for years.

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

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#2 posted 861 days ago

Amazing looking bench.

Love the dovetails on the ends and contrast in wood types

What would you say was the most challenging part of building it overall?

Nice job.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#3 posted 861 days ago

T Dog…..

The most challenging part was the shear size of the parts…...

The most challenging joint was definitely the end caps and front lamination. the bench only needs one end cap, but I saw fit to do the other because it makes up my sons initial and the other where the wagon vise is makes up my daughters. SO the joinery on the front lamination had to be extremely accurate.

Other than that it was a pretty straight forward build. The tolerance on vises are fairly forgiving. So all in all it was not too bad of a build.

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#4 posted 861 days ago

Very beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 860 days ago

excellent bench !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#6 posted 860 days ago

Beautiful grain in the top and dovetail joints to satisfy the soul, can you bear to put anything sharp on it?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Andy Panko

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#7 posted 860 days ago

Impressive craftsmanship, and fantastic materials. The wood and Benchcrafted hardware are all top notch. I likes.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ

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#8 posted 860 days ago


Awesom Bench and a very playful take on your sliding Deadman or woman, as it may be. ;-)

Very nice fit and finish. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 860 days ago

nicely crafted bench.great looking dove tails,wood choices,and sliding deadman

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#10 posted 860 days ago

Man I want a Roubo. Yours looks great.


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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 860 days ago

Beautifully done, and I bet you could set a bomb off on it to no effect. Congratulations on a fine piece that should last several lifetimes.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 860 days ago

Shop furniture, I love it. Very nice craftsmanship.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View kaiser's profile


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#13 posted 856 days ago

Thank you everyone!!! This bench was an absolute labor of love. It’s great to see such a response and Thank you all again.

I believe you can set a bomb off on it, so much so that I’m making up a monolithic bench with just legs and stretchers draw bored like mine and dropping it off of a roof. My video on that should be out by mid summer. Check it out at Don’t try it at home.

Get too building one. It is one of those builds where you know you are going to get the most use out of it, instead of the pieces that you are afraid to let your kids near.

I had to incorporate a woman in there somewhere. We all call our cars “she”, why not our bench. I have to thank my wife’s beautiful shape for the inspiration on that piece of the bench.

Thank you again everyone.

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