Roubo Workbench for a friend

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Project by Eric posted 09-06-2013 07:53 PM 4853 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench is a gift to a friend, who got me into to workworking. (about 20+ years ago) We first built some adirondack chairs for a friend of ours, as a wedding gift, in his driveway one weekend. I was hooked. Then he set me off on my own with a bench top tablesaw. I quickly learned that kick back sucks and having a fence parallel to the blade was very important. So I went out a purchased my first tablesaw.

I have always wanted a good wood working bench. So, a few years back I ran across Benchcrafted, , and purchased the plans and some basic hardware. So, that set around the shop for about a year until “The Wood Whisperer” was doing a Roubo bench build, with Benchcrafted hardware. The full monty: tail vise, original glide, you know all the good stuff. So, being a guild member, I purchased all the hardware, with a nice discount. Then purchase a good lot of 8/4 maple to build it. It all set another year, until I got the idea to first build a workbench for a friend, to workout the kinks.

This bench is primarly built from 2x stock from a local big box store. It set in the shop for about 4 months, then planed it flat and got to work. I, also, used some 3/4” plywood for bottom shelf and 8/4” maple front and one end of the bench. The bench measures, 82” long, 24” wide and 36 1/4” high. The top is 4” thick. By far, the top was the hardest part of this project. As you can see from the picture of the flattening of the top stage.

I have this Richard-Wilcox bench vise from a commerical door bench that I used for years. My question, should I install this on the end (tail vise,like) of the bench? I would have to remove about an 1” depth of wood to get it to mount flush with the top. I worry that it may sag over time.

After I finish my current project, a bed, I will be onto my Roubo bench with all the nice maple and Benchcrafted hardware.

Thanks for reading, Eric

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 09:27 PM

Great looking bench? Can I be your friend? LOL

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

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 09:33 PM

That’s one hell of a gift. Like giving a guy a car, or a wife.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 11:45 PM

A very nice Roubo Bench Eric…I am sure your friend will get many years of enjoyment working on it…

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 02:21 AM

that is a very nice, solid bench. It looks like you got the kinks out.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 03:10 AM

Sweet looking vise. I say mount it.

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 03:32 AM

A very nice gift. You are good to your friends.

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

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#7 posted 09-07-2013 11:07 PM

Great gift, I assume you have tested it enough to know it works perfectly, looks wonderful and very well thought out

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

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