My split-top Roubo

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 06-23-2013 11:44 AM 3245 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this from the woodwhisperer design changing it enough to fit my needs. I only made it 60” long and slightly shallow as well. The changes made modifying the leg necessary on the area where the end vise wagon travels, I removed the tenon and cut in to the leg to allow the rail, this shouldn’t effect too much for my purposes. I also didn’t include a deadman, although I put the slot in for one in case I decide to add it later. The beech I used was slightly ondersized, so I added Sapele as a detail and to add thickness. I had a friend laser the front of the vise with a knot design.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 01:53 PM

Mike, I’m truly jealous. That puts my bench to shame. I love it.

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 04:28 PM

Beautiful bench.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 04:48 PM


-- Joel

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 08:22 PM

That is a real nice looking workbench. There are so many nice details. The laser carving on the front of the vice is really great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 10:26 PM

Beautiful bench.!!!
Well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 01:12 AM

Good looking bench. Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 06-24-2013 01:46 AM

Beautiful bench Mike…almost too good to use, but I know it will get a lot of use…well done. Would like to see your workshop posted, from what I can see in the background it looks very nice.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 06-24-2013 02:41 AM

Very nice bench- those vises are fantastic.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 06-24-2013 03:48 AM

You did a fantastic job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 06-24-2013 06:31 AM

A very amazing build and finish on this roubo bench. Five stars. It’s like the cutting boards posted here they are so nice they don’t get used. This is a piece of furniture you have made. Nice looking shop as well.

How many hours were spent building? What’s the weight of it and how many BF were used? I’m impressed with the commitment to a project of this nature.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#11 posted 06-24-2013 08:43 PM

snakeye- Yours will get a lot more use than mine I’m sure. And I know you will make some more amazing projects, I wish I had your patience for hand tools.
Aussiedave- The workshop is actually the Base wood hobby shop at Aviano Air Base Italy, I volunteer there in my spare time and work on my projects as well as helping out with selfhelp people trying to make their projects. It really is a nice shop as snakeye can attest to.
CalgaryGeoff- This project probably had about 75 hours of actual work, a lot of time was spent waiting for glue-ups, and the wood was rough cut lumber so I had a lot of time in planeing and trimming. As I said I went shorter than the plans, so I doubt it weighs over 400, but it is definitely heavy. Luckily it breaks down into smaller pieces for moving and I’m also planning to add wheels to the base when I install it at home. As far as BF, I’m not sure. I know I bought 7 boards of beech that were 10’ long and and about 2” thick by about 10” wide, but there was a lot of waste due to the wood being rough cut.

Thank you for all the flattering comments on this, a lot of the details are not as exacting as I have seen from so many woodworkers on this site and a critical eye would find more errors than you could count but I am very happy with the workbench and learned a lot making it. The oversized dovetails were especially eye opening, because I had never tried hand cutting dovetails on a project and these required it. They are muuuch harder than I thought. Guess I should have watched snakeye closer before he left;)

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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