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Posted on General Roubo style workbench questions before pulling trigger on build

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#1 posted 06-29-2016 01:56 PM

8 feet is pretty long.

If you’re like me, its just more room to scatter tools and clamps all over. ;-) so I don’t think there is an advantage to a bench over 7’.

I agree inserting a of hardwood like maple or oak for your dogholes. Personally I wouldn’t worry about how they will look. Good chance this won’t be your first bench so save it for your “ultimate workbench build”. Drill them before gluing. You might consider a wagon vise on one end of your doghole strip.

Not sure what you’re meaning about vise holes. I used lag bolts to attach my vises. My front vise is morticed into the apron which obviously gets attached after gluing up the top.

Don’t forget to line up the grain direction to avoid frustration when planing the top. Its something easy to forget in the fog of doing a big glue up. If you have a #7 I don’t see much advantage in a #8. Either one will work, obviously the 8 a little better.

My first bench was made of SYP bowling alley lane/base made of leftover pine beams from a sawmill that makes log houses. Its now a general using bench in the main area of the shop:

My “using” bench is a Klausz/Scandinavian and was quite an undertaking to build. Obviously not a Roubo, posting just to show design element: That dark strip is the result of milling one of the doghole strips too narrow :)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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