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Yep. Another Roubo bench.

I built this one is built using BenchCrafted hardware and the plans and guidance of The Wood Whisperers Guild (review). I pretty much stuck to the plan with a few exceptions:

The legs are 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”
THe gap stop extends the full length of the top
I used Boatman53's chain vise for pinless leg vise operation. I wrote a review on the chain vise here.
I put casters on the two legs to make the bench somewhat mobile

The top is inexpensive soft maple. The legs, chop, end cap and deadman of inexpensive common cherry. From a design aspect I tried to keep all horizontal elements maple and all vertical elements cherry. THe end cap is an exception.

I did the best I could and am happy with the results. If you are a glutten for punishment you can check out my 25 entry blog on its construction. Crazy, but I took 722 pictures during the build.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali





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Brandon

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#1 posted 402 days ago

I forgot just how awesome this bench is. Definitely hands down one of the nicest benches around, to be sure.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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rockindavan

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#2 posted 402 days ago

She’s a beauty…have you put any scratches or dents in it yet? The first few are hard to bear…but it gets easier.

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CL810

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#3 posted 402 days ago

Wow! How good is that – Great details! Love the DT’s, heck what am I saying? I love he whole bench!

Edit: the best touch? The bottle opener!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 402 days ago

Very nice bench. Like the casters. I hope you’ve got them on all four legs. It looks heavy. How heavy is it?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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ksSlim

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#5 posted 402 days ago

I know guys that would pay retail+ for that bench.
Fan-damn-tastic!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 402 days ago

Its real heavy. Seriously, I really don’t know. The casters are only on two legs and allow me to move it about like a wheel barrow.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 402 days ago

Sweet, now does this come with an addition to my shop as well? Man this would be nice if ONLY I had that much room to spare. Off to get a lottery ticket maybe I will get lucky….... (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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lysdexic

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#8 posted 402 days ago

Rockin – I finished it about 5 months ago and it is well on its way to getting a patina.

edit: I should also point out that it took me about 7 months to complete. But when you only get a couple afternoons a month to work on it – things take time.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 402 days ago

I love the HPOYD calendar pic, w/ opener, and the cameo appearances by the #203. You took a leap of faith adding those 1” holes, and I hope you like it.

The bench is incredible, of course. Almost makes me consider building a new one.

EDIT: But it couldn’t be as nice as this one…

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

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tyvekboy

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#10 posted 402 days ago

Lysdexic … you must be a lot younger or stronger than I. My bench is so heavy (350+ lbs) that I have to use a bottle jack to lift it up to deploy or retract my 4 casters.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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lysdexic

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#11 posted 402 days ago

“Lysdexic … you must be a lot younger or stronger than I.”

Nope – probably just dumber :^)

Smit – yeah, I do like the #203. For awhile there Andy made me feel like I had screwed the deadman up. I think it was Jorge that pointed out that the Veritas clamp would have been a better choice. They are both probably right but it is working out fine.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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DouginVa

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#12 posted 402 days ago

Beautiful bench and the most important accessory, of course, would be the bottle opener.

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

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rockindavan

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#13 posted 402 days ago

I think it is almost advantageous to build a bench over a long period of time. It took me a year and a half to build my bench, only a few hours a week. Gives you time to work off it and come up with ideas that you might not have considered at first.

Your bench makes me want to build a roubo..a second bench might be a hard sell to the wife. I wish there was a feature to post anniversary pics of benchs to see how they have aged.

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mbs

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#14 posted 402 days ago

Beautiful bench!

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

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Ken90712

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#15 posted 402 days ago

What a great job. The bench is awesome and I really like the caster idea where did you get the brackets or did you make them. Kinda jealuos here…lol

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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