Roubo Workbench

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Project by jmos posted 756 days ago 3671 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I figured I would add this to my projects. I blogged the build if anyone is interested.

This bench is largely based off of the PW gluebo bench; the top is LVL with maple banding and a few maple boards added in. Its 7’-2” long, 33” tall, and 26” deep. has a Lake Erie leg vise with sliding deadman and a home made twin screw end vise. The base is red oak. Finished with a couple coats of BLO.

I built this January and February 2012, and used it for my latest project. It was great!

Lots more detail in the blog if you inclined.

-- John

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#1 posted 756 days ago

Sharp looking bench! Looks heavy enough to take anything you throw at it.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#2 posted 756 days ago

I guess it’s a left-handed bench, eh? Usually I’ve seen leg vises on the other side.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#3 posted 756 days ago


Yes, it is a left handed bench. Isn’t everyone left handed? ;-)

-- John

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#4 posted 756 days ago


-- Bob

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#5 posted 756 days ago

OK, answered my own question:

Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 756 days ago

Great project, sure to see lots of use and always be the centerpiece to the shop.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 756 days ago

That is an impressive looking workbench!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 756 days ago

I think that’s the best looking bench I’ve ever seen.

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 756 days ago

Nice work bench! Hopefully I can work up the nerve to make one of those in the near future.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#10 posted 756 days ago

That deadman has some sweet curves!!! That is a great bench, great job!

-- Jason K

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#11 posted 756 days ago

Thank you all!

I love working on it. I don’t think I could have pulled of the bookcase I just posted without a better bench than I had.

-- John

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#12 posted 756 days ago

Roubo would be pleased. Well done !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 756 days ago

Nice work. Into the favorites it goes.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#14 posted 755 days ago

It looks GOOD

It must be a pleasure to use


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 755 days ago

Jmos, I love the combination of your bench with the nice display of all your tools. Truly something to be envious of! The LVL looks like a nice, tight straight-grained wood, too! Great work, as always.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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