Kids size Roubo bench

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Project by bern92 posted 576 days ago 2174 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a long on and off project. My son was asking for a bench at his size, this how this project started. I was looking to built a roubo for myself but got the idea the built a small one to see if i had the skills to do it. Now i think that i can do it just need to find time to do it. The bench was made with left over wood. the legs and top are fir lumber from Home Depot, the vise jaw is walnut, the hub is maple and the garter plate is cherry. I use the drawbore technic to put the base together and made my own pegs out of walnut. It is small but heavy, stiff and steady. I’ve use a mixture of blo/turp/beeswax to finish the bench except for the chop, it was so nice that i put 10 coats of thung oil.

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#1 posted 576 days ago

Your son is very lucky to have such a talented dad! Will you be making him the appropriately sized tools to use on his new bench?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 576 days ago

I’d say the skills are there. Now on to the full size version!

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#3 posted 576 days ago

Very cool

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#4 posted 576 days ago

yup! definitely 2 thumbs up!

awesome build. glad you were able to make it.

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#5 posted 576 days ago

Way to inspire your son and your LJ followers! Looks great and functional.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#6 posted 576 days ago

Great project. Your son is very lucky.




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#7 posted 576 days ago

That is awesome Bern, do you have any plans or sketches you could share for this? My 2yr old Grandson would love this for his Home Depot toy tool collection.

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#8 posted 576 days ago

If I built this for my son, I would give it to him and say, “You know, I’ll just keep this in garage for you next to my tools…and I’ll test it out for you to make sure everything’s ok…”

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#9 posted 576 days ago

Very cool! What are the dimensions?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 576 days ago

I love it!!!

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

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#11 posted 575 days ago

My first child (a son) is on his way and this is now on my to-build list as soon as he is old enough to stand! Very cool and that is one lucky kid.

-- Eric -

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#12 posted 575 days ago

This is awesome! I just bought my daughter a cheap POS from menards lol. She’s only 3 so she likes it but I think she would be jealous if she saw this:)

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#13 posted 575 days ago

Totally cool bench, like the sturdy build, design and the finish. One lucky son and very proud of his dad. Way to go!


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#14 posted 575 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments, Lumberjocks is such a nice community. To answer to all the questions the bench design came from Chris Schwarz book and i just scale it down. The top is 34×16 x 2½, the legs and stretchers are 3½ x 3½ and for the height i’ve use what Schwarz calls the “rule of the pinky”. He says the ideal height is the distance from the floor to where your pinky meets your hand. The vise design came from all over the internet, i just look at pics in forum like this one.

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#15 posted 205 days ago

too cool!

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

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