SYP Split-Top Roubo Workbench

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Project by grfrazee posted 139 days ago 2926 views 23 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Eleven months to the day (pretty much), my workbench is finished!

The bench is a split-top Roubo style made with construction-grade southern yellow pine. It has a leg vise and tail vise (hardware from Lee Valley). The storage platform has a cabinet to house my planes (and keep them free of dust). The middle divider doubles as a planing stop and has spaces for holding tools. Fully loaded the thing weighs probably 250 lbs and is rock solid.

I began work on the bench during Christmastime 2012. Having little time for woodworking (and also having my workshop 1.5 hours away), I have been working on it piecemeal in the interim time.

However, in between deer hunting over Thanksgiving week, I finally got time to finish the few small remaining tasks to get the bench to the “complete” state. Of course, there will undoubtedly be changes made over time as my style of work progresses. For now though, the top is flat, BLO is applied, and it’s as pretty as it’ll ever be.

Thanks for looking! I will be updating my blog with a SketchUp model sometime soon for anyone that’s interested.

But of course, the bench isn’t done until I take a picture with the Bondo Pose!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#1 posted 139 days ago

Congratulations! Such a nice present to yourself for the Christmas :-)

One bench per year seems to be quite reasonable rate (according to my own experience).

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#2 posted 139 days ago

Friggin Awesome! Well done on the bench and the Bondo pose.

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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#3 posted 139 days ago

Very Nice!!!

I really need a real workbench!!!

Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 139 days ago

Excellently done! Now you just need to start giving it some character marks—a stray hit with a mallet here, a chisel nick there ….....

-- "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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#5 posted 139 days ago

Great looking bench. I have the same tail vise from Lee Valley, yet to be installed on my yet to be built bench. I do however have a large stack of rough birch waiting for the first cut.
Any tips on building the tail vise?

-- Andre of Alberta.

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#6 posted 139 days ago

Thanks all for the comments.

@rad457 – I did a blog post on making my tail vise. I can’t say that my way is the best way, but it worked for me. The best advise I can give is to make sure things are square before you start assembling as it will save you headaches later on.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#7 posted 139 days ago

Great job – really like the tail vise.

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

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#8 posted 139 days ago

Looks like it should last you quite a while… Nice Bondo pose!

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

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#9 posted 139 days ago

Beauty! Favorited and I’ll be checking out that blog and sketchup when it comes time for me to make a new bench.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 139 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 139 days ago

nice bench hope you have fun using it

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#12 posted 139 days ago

Great job on the bench.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 139 days ago

It looks great. I keep telling myself, “One day…”

-- Justin C.

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#14 posted 139 days ago

Nice work. Congrats on fine looking bench.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 139 days ago

Proud owner/builder and top bench poser, all three in one .So very well done and a smashing looking bench too. I finished mine about six months ago so will need to post pics soon LOL .
Sincere wishes for your future as a great woodworker Have fun your pal in Scotland Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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