Roubo style Bench

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Project by offyguy posted 08-09-2012 07:41 PM 3878 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Roubo style workbench. Based on the French workbenches documented by Andre Roubo in his book from the 17th century, made popular by Chris Schwarz and others. The legs and stretchers are made of hard maple, the top and shelf are made of soft maple (cut locally in SW MN). Leg vise screw is from Lake Erie Toolworks, and not pictured is a Veritas inset vise that I added in the tail vise position.

thanks for looking


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#1 posted 08-09-2012 07:46 PM

Looks like quite the nice bench. Should serve you well.

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 07:49 PM

Congrats! Thats going to be fun to work on!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 08:48 PM

Beautiful work! That should be a joy to use.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 09:20 PM

Awsome bench.
Job well done.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 09:55 PM

Are you going to put any holes for dogs and hold fasts? It’s a nice looking bench. What are the top dimensions?
If you want to eliminate the pin on the leg vise let me know or search “chain leg vise” and you will find what I’ve been working on. Apologies for the shameless plug. Now back to the regularly scheduled program.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 10:08 PM

Yeah, I put a Veritas inset vise on it for a tail vise, and I drilled some holes in it for dogs. I have a good holdfast, but haven’t drilled any holes for it yet (I’ll only drill a couple).

The top is 23 1/2 wide by 84 inches long. The bench top is 34 inches off the floor. I’m lucky because 34 is the right height for me, and it’s the same height as my table saw (and outfeed table, of course). I like having all those things at the same height, makes life easier.

Also, I put the Parallel guide for the leg vise above the stretcher to minimize stooping. I ‘ve seen people who put them down by the floor to increase leverage and I can’t imagine why it’s necessary. My vise has plenty of clamping power, and it’s not to bad to bend down and change the pin (not that you really change it very often).


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#7 posted 08-09-2012 10:51 PM

Oh so sweet, enjoy your new work mate…BC

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 10:55 PM

Very nice, I am sure you will enjoy this one for quite some time. Well done.

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 01:21 AM

Good job, probably going to be a real work horse for you! Andre would be proud!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#10 posted 08-10-2012 01:54 AM

fantastic bench great job.

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#11 posted 08-10-2012 02:10 AM

Beautiful bench. Always wanted to build a Roubo.
The front vice and sliding deadman look beautiful.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#12 posted 08-10-2012 02:56 AM

Very solid looking bench !

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#13 posted 08-10-2012 02:56 AM

That’s a great bench. I’m guessing you will not have to build yourself another one. That should last for generations.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#14 posted 08-10-2012 03:09 AM

Very nice work I think you built a nice one And the work you did is good did you do a blog on the build?

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#15 posted 08-10-2012 03:22 AM

Very nice bench. Someday, I will build myself one too.
I like the Veritas Shoulder plane and LN hand plane on top too. Nice taste in tools.
One question though. Why go with hard maple for the base and soft maple for the top. Why not do the same wood for both? Just curious.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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