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Forum topic by Jamie Speirs posted 05-12-2012 03:28 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2012 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak planer biscuit joiner chisel drill press miter saw router clamp plane sander tablesaw joining traditional

This is the raw material

Oak 3” slab 5’ x 18” average and some 3×3” oak posts

I’m in the unusual situation of not having a workbench

I generall have worked off the RAS table and on trestles due to space

Now that I’ve a wee bit more space I think it is about time that I made one

I saw a Roubo bench on PBS The WoodWrights Shop

I’m thinking of something in that style

Are there any disadvantages to this sort of bench

Jamie
P.S.
The wood is in the future kitchen

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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#1 posted 05-12-2012 03:53 PM

There seem to be quite a bit of variety in what people call Roubo benchs, and aside from the fact that I
tend to clutter any workbench quite a bit, I do not see any disadvantage to one. The main problem that
I can see is if that nice chunk of wood sets in the kitchen area too long it may become part of a kitchen
counter instead of a workbench. Please keep us posted on the workbench build.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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patron

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 03:53 PM

looks good for a bench jamie

don’t know to much about
bench builds
just make a good solid leg frame for it
(even bolted rails 3 sides lagged up to the top)
with an open front
for your chair

someone here will have some good ideas for that

more room
and future kitchen
way to go

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mafe

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 04:40 PM

Wauuuuu Jamie, what a wonderful piece of wood.
I think about you once in a while, but life is passing fast these days – hope you are fine and with a wonderful smile.
Best of my thoughts to you and yours,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 05:03 PM

This is what it looks liked planed

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 05:20 PM

great idea jamie, that style of bench has many advantages and you would be happy with it, ive seen some real beauties, so take your time and have fun with the build, when i did mine i had a ball, lots of mortise and tenons and a big glue up for the top, that you wont have to do with that slab…i look forward to seeing more pictures of this as it happens…grizz

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 02:54 PM

David

I never thought of leaving out the front stretcher

good thinking

Mads

come on over and bring your Lady with
Gus

I think I need a tool tray as a shelf now seems impracticable

I think I may blog the build?

thanks
jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 03:02 PM

Love it, Jamie, and welcome to the Slab Bench Club! :-) Mine is just shy of 3”, also oak, in the roubo style. You can take a look from my home page, it’s been evolving over the past three years but I wouldn’t trade it for any other kind of bench at this point.

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

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