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Forum topic by bradnelson posted 01-22-2016 03:37 AM 854 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2016 03:37 AM

Could someone please explain why so many people are obsessed with building a Roubo workbench? Is it because of Roy underhill touting roubo’s book so often?

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 04:30 AM

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 12:29 PM

In case you don’t know, the key to a Roubo is the flush legs and sliding dead man. The biggest advantage is ability to use holdfasts vertically for edge jointing wide boards. That is the only advantage I know of.

I don’t think its an obsession, but I do think it has been highly touted by the ww’ing guys like Schwarz who are focused in all things vintage and hand tools and do alot of edge jointing by hand. (Actually I think edge jointing by laying the board flat and using the bench like a shooting board is far superior and easier).

The other key to the Roubo is the knee vise, which is not my cup of tea. Having to move the bottom peg would be an aggravation factor in and of itself, (I don’t bend when I don’t need to: bad back and all). The (expensive) scissor jack hardware is available.

BTW, a moxon vise will do exactly the same thing.

Like a lot of things in ww’ing, it’s a matter what you’re doing with the bench + personal preference.

But to answer your question, yeah, I think it has gotten more press than it deserves.

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#3 posted 01-22-2016 12:39 PM

it wouldn’t get as much press if people didn’t find that it was the best fit for them. It’d be just another footnote.

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#4 posted 01-22-2016 01:11 PM

Depending on where you live (using southern yellow pine), you can build it for under $$200. Thats one huge reason and you get one huge bench. Cant beat that!!! And what the fridge said.

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