Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo

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This is my just finished split top roubo from Benchcrafted. It is built from mostly 8/4 sugar maple (hard maple) with the dog strip and gap-stop made from black walnut for contrast. It is finished with an oil/varnish blend with 3 coats applied scuffing with 0000 steel wool between coats.

I started the build in mid-october and would estimate about 120 hrs or so of build time between now and then. I took my time getting this completed as it was not something I wanted to rush, but get just right for my own satisfaction. I ended up buying a few new tools for this including a Veritas bevel up jointer plane, 1/2 inch spiral upcut bit from infinity tools, some Veritas pmv-11 chisels as well as some new forstner bits to help install the vises etc.

Overall, I really enjoyed building this bench and the small amount of time I have used it to apply the finishing touches including gap stop and glide pin handle, it has been a joy to use.

I’m retroactively writing about this on my LJ blog so people can see how I went about things here. I wanted to focus my time on building and not blogging while things were moving along but want to capture my thoughts while still fairly fresh so others might benefit.

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#1 posted 582 days ago

congratulations, it is a beauty. enjoy

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#2 posted 582 days ago

very nice!! now all i need to do is find an extra 120 hrs so I can make one for myself!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 582 days ago

Looks good Jason,

Gonna love working on that one for many years to come!!


-- Richard D. Wile,

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#4 posted 582 days ago

That is an excellent-looking bench and I want one badly. Someday I’ll save up some extra funds and build a proper bench like this.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 582 days ago

Damn fine looking bench, Bravo!

-- Mike

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#6 posted 582 days ago

I have enjoyed the blog.

The bench is beautiful and the features are well thought out.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 582 days ago

Great bench

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 582 days ago

Beautiful execution! I have been thinking about building this bench for a while now. I bought Chris Schawrz’s book “work benches” and I’ve been looking over it. All of the completed projects I’ve seen have given me some confidence to tackle one of these myself..

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#9 posted 582 days ago

I want one

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#10 posted 581 days ago

This looks great. You’ll enjoy this bench for the rest of your life.

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

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#11 posted 581 days ago

Great work Jason. You made a really nice job of that.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#12 posted 581 days ago

Terrific bench, wish I had one!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 581 days ago

Superb, you can see the care taken in the photos.

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#14 posted 581 days ago

I’m getting bench envy again. That’s a beautiful workhorse you’ve made.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#15 posted 581 days ago

That is just an incredible bench, well done. I read you blogs on the construction and I can’t wait to read the rest of the process. Thank you for sharing.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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