Splayed Leg Roubo Workbench

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Project by Airframer posted 08-25-2013 09:08 PM 5818 views 35 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made from Red Oak, Padouk, Cedar, Cherry and Maple. All the vise hardware was made by myself with the exception of the Chain Vise hardware on the leg vise.

If you are curious about the chain portion of the vise you can contact Boatman53 who is the inventor and distributor of the kits.

This project started out innocently enough about 7 months ago when I purchased a small Bucks Brothers block plane and tried to joint the edges of a couple pine boards for another workbench. That was an exercise in frustration just trying to get the board to stay still so i decided I wanted to add a vise to my cheap HD special bench. So off to Google I went looking for vise options when I came across This thread in my search.

My vise plans then grew to building an entire bench. Keep in mind I had never really done any woodworking of any kind up to this point and ignorantly figured this would be simple. It’s just a top with 4 legs right? Well…

In the process of this build I have learned that just because something is simple doesn’t make it easy. I also learned how to use, restore and sharpen a handplane. I learned how to properly use a bit and brace.. how to cut a straight line with a hand saw and most importantly how to build something out of wood.

I just finished using this to make the sliding deadman and I can say without a doubt that this bench may not make me a better woodworker but it will definitely make woodworking much more enjoyable :D

If you want to see more about this bench and where it all started you can brave the depths of my (way too long) Workbench Build Blog

I also wanted to say thank you to all of the folks here at LJ’s who put up with my questions. You guys are the best!

A few extra pics..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 09:10 PM

Very nice work. Bet you’re excited to start using it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 09:13 PM

You have noooooo idea lol. I was practically dancing as I was using it to make the deadman. SOOOOOO MANY CLAMPING OPTIONS!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 09:14 PM

Great job on the bench. Really nice looking.

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 09:15 PM

oh, I bet I have a little bit of an idea, coming from a year of a workmate lol

I’m still yet to decide on whether I’ll make a deadman or not. Haven’t really needed one yet, but haven’t worked on anything that would

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 09:16 PM

Great build Eric. It’s been fun following this project. Congrats.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 09:18 PM

Eric, having followed the entire build in your blog this has been a great learning experience from the side lines. The final product looks fantastic. What was your choice for the finish.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#7 posted 08-25-2013 09:25 PM

Great….now the bench smackdown thread is gonna be dead…lol.

Awesome brother. Enjoy. Now build some stuff. Lotsa stuff.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#8 posted 08-25-2013 09:35 PM

Thanks Shane and Clayton!

Mos – That’s right.. I bet you do! The deadman wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I’m not sure how much use I will get out of it but it’s there if I need it. I’m going to be posting a blog entry for that portion of the build soon if you need any ideas (which I am sure you don’t) ;-)

Pat – Thank you for following along! I am still debating finish options. I will probably poly the inside of the toolwell just to give it some protection but for the rest of the bench not sure yet.

Red – LOL.. There are some up and comers in there that will keep it going for a while ;-) I have no idea what to build now lol… oh irony…

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#9 posted 08-25-2013 09:48 PM

That bench is one of the nicest I’ve seen. Well done. You are going to love the leg vise. I think you inspired others to build the wagon vise the way you did. I know if I had seen it before I built my bench I would have done it.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#10 posted 08-25-2013 10:02 PM

Been a journey watching your progress. Congrats on an excellent build!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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Don W

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#11 posted 08-25-2013 10:04 PM

As my grandson would say AAAWWWWSSSOOOMMMEEEE

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 08-25-2013 10:34 PM

@AF—Been very inspiring following along for the build. Congrats on the build and putting the bench in service. Be sure to post a pic of the first ding in the top. I think I did a small one on purpose just to get it over with. Carry on . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#13 posted 08-25-2013 10:47 PM

Thanks soo much for following along guys. I would have been lost if not for some of you!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#14 posted 08-25-2013 10:48 PM

And there it is Eric! Great work buddy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 08-25-2013 11:07 PM

Very nice mang! It must be a great feeling of accomplishment to have come so far with this to show for it at the end.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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