Andre Roubo Workbench

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Project by mjdinsmore posted 339 days ago 2802 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, yet another Roubo workbench! Nonetheless, they are handy benches to have because of their massive size and stability. It was kind of fun shopping huge mortises as well—I’ve never made any quite so big before! Living in the northeast (Boston), I didn’t have a handy source of great, cheap wood to make this beast. So I improvised and used fir for the top but used maple for the edges since fir has a tendency to want to split on sharp corners and it’s quite so strong edge-wise.

I’m currently adding a tail vice but that won’t really add much to the picture of my finished bench. I’ll add the dog-holes in the top after I have the tail vise in place so I can ensure it’s all aligned perfectly. I’m using a couple of vises from Lee Valley for the leg and tail vise.

The photos show it’s progress as I was making it. I improvised a little on the plan and made things a little beefier, but it’s generally true to form.

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#1 posted 339 days ago

Nice bench MJ! Your wood choices not only make sense but they look good as well. Nicely done! Come join the fun at the smackdown thread. I’m looking forward to pics of your tail vise build.

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

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#2 posted 339 days ago

Thanks. I’m a frugal Yankee having grown up in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. I didn’t think it’d be appropriate to lay down $500+ for wood for just the workbench top. Finding an inexpensive wood choice was critical. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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#3 posted 339 days ago

Great job! Other than the whole building it backwards thing :-) It should serve you well for many, many years.

Your solution to using softwood for a bench is similar to mine (I used ash for the faces) It works great and helps keep costs down.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#4 posted 339 days ago

Haha, I should mention—I’m left handed! :-)

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#5 posted 339 days ago

Great bench and good pictures also.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 338 days ago

Great job on the bench

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 338 days ago

Beautiful bench… you will get lots of use out of it….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 338 days ago

Nice pictures, nice bench! Ditto to what CL810 said, put a Smackdown tag on this beast and join in the discussion there as well. Lots of good use waiting to happen, it’s a beast. Congrats!

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

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#9 posted 338 days ago

Great job!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 338 days ago

What tail vise are you thinking of adding? I built mine without one and ended up adding the Veritas inset vise later. So far I like it.

-- If can think it you can do it.

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#11 posted 338 days ago

This is a great addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 338 days ago

Really nice bench. I love how massive it is. Should be stable for sure

-- Marty,

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#13 posted 338 days ago

Great job, it looks fantastic. I’m sure it will be an heirloom!

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#14 posted 311 days ago

The bench looks great. Do you have any plans you’d be willing to share? I’m just starting out and I like the way this bench looks.

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#15 posted 311 days ago

Yea, another lefty bench…
Nice job and nothing wrong being frugal. Every time I price wood, I think of how much it is going to cost when I eventually build mine.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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