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Forum topic by NewbieNewton posted 07-17-2011 12:00 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2011 12:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question roubo workbench design bench douglas fir

Hello all. I’m new to the forum but have been surfing this site for some time now. I’ve been blown away by the amount of resources available here and the friendly atmosphere. It’s so great to see people that are just as jazzed about woodworking as I am. I’m fairly new to the hobby and am learning as I go, self taught of course. I have attempted cutting a dovetail yet but hope to soon. Anyways, my question related to the Roubo bench are this. What would be the down sides, if any, to using stretches and aprons that are a full 2 inches thick and 5 inches tall? Right now my design has the legs set at 5 inches square. I plan to make the bench out of Home Depot premium Douglas Fir. At some point down the road I may wrap the top in hard maple if/when my budget can afford it. The top is 8 ft long, 30 inches wide and 3 inches thick. I would have gone 4 inches thick but again I do plan to wrap it in hard maple at some point. Thanks for checking out my first post and any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 10:35 PM

what does the original call for? 5”x2” for stretchers and aprons seems like plenty (in a good way).

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 11:06 PM

It’s certainly enough material, yes. Probably overkill (if there is such a thing for a Roubo) but okay as long as those dimensions work well in the joinery at the legs. I figure that’s why you have staggered intersects along at the legs.

I do have a suggestion re: aprons. They will get in the way of clamping so it’s best to keep the underside of the top as clear as possible – what kind of joinery will fit the legs to the top? Through mortices would be ideal, and eliminate the need for an apron assy of any kind.

Good luck, keep us posted!

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 05:14 AM

That’s really good advice and will allow me to put that money into something else. Thanks a ton!

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