Roubo Style Workbench

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Project by walden posted 11-11-2012 09:03 PM 5256 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone. I just joined LumberJocks and wanted to post my new workbench. This was my first woodworking project and felt a bit like timber framing since the joints were so big. The top is made out of ash, the base and shelf are cherry, and the leg vice is quilted maple. I started with rough lumber I bought from an arborist, and dimensioned it down on my brother’s power machines. I then did the rest of the work my hand. I wanted to make it furniture quality since my hand tool-only workshop is in the spare bedroom of my house. I worked on it on and off for about four months. It has been a lot of fun to use so far.

I have already enjoyed looking at some of the other projects on the site and look forward to talking with you all more.

Take Care

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 09:07 PM

Great looking bench. It will bring you plenty of joy through the years.

-- Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 09:26 PM

Great looking bench

a great project to start your LJ gallery with

Definately furniture quality

Welcom to LJ’s


-- 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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#3 posted 11-11-2012 11:02 PM

Very nice choice of woods. Quite an attractive workbench. Well done, and welcome to LJs!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 12:49 AM

Welcome to the site and for your first post you started off with a bang! Very ambitious and it came out wonderful love the top, enjoy your new work mate looking forward to all the wonderful projects…BC

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 01:21 AM

Welcome!!! Boy thats a nice workbench! I wish I could say it was mine! Great job and great build. I would like to redo my workbenches sometime, and make them similar to the one you made.

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:42 AM

another great bench on lumberjocks!!!

-- Joel

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 03:09 AM

Excellent looking bench. Love the wood and your craftsmanship.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 06:06 AM

Welcome to LJ’s and …. Wow nice bench!!!

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 02:24 PM

Thanks everyone for the great comments!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 04:08 PM

Beautiful bench.

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 05:35 PM

nice bench :-)
welcome to L J have fun while you hang around on this corner


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#12 posted 11-12-2012 08:49 PM

Walden, great bench. Is that a hand powered drill press I see on the floor? Been looking for one for my own shop.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 09:58 PM

Hi Kevin: It is. It’s a 1910 Champion Blower and Forge Company model. The hand crank turns the drill bit and the gearing on the drill lowers the drill bit on its own. My next project is to build a floor stand for it since I can’t mount it to the wall in the house.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#14 posted 11-13-2012 12:04 AM

Nice work, bucko! And welcome to LJs too.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 11-13-2012 12:12 AM

Walden, that’s a righteous bench! Looks like a beast, and is perfectly suited to hand tool work. I see you’re a ‘wrongway,’ as in a Lefty. Cool that the bencg is made for you, as it should be. Welcome to LJs, and post a pic of yours on the Workbench Smackdown thread!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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