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Joekwon80

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690 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: workbench roubo oak

Any thoughts? Is oak a solid enough wood for a work bench? I have a line on some really old dry oak and I figured it’s time to start making a Roubo workbench. Thoughts?

—Joe Kwon

-- Joe Kwon


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 690 days ago

if it’s free, I say go for it! should be good enough material for a workbench top/base

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 690 days ago

What type of oak?

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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ktable

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#3 posted 690 days ago

Yeah if it is free, go for it! By the way what do you think about this table?

http://www.benchmarktable.com/v/vspfiles/Benchmark_Pro_Package/#

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Joekwon80

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#4 posted 690 days ago

I believe its white oak.

-- Joe Kwon

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benchbuilder

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#5 posted 690 days ago

Oak will make a great workbench be it red or white oak. Oak is a bit hard to mill if its old and very dry, just take your time and it will make a very heavy and strong workbench. Also wrapping the edges of the bench with a contrasting color of hard wood will make a very hansome bench…

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#6 posted 690 days ago

Joe, it should be fine. People make basic workbenches out of pine that work just fine. We have things around here that we call oak though that aren’t very great for a bench (just b/c they are not very fun to dry, flatten, saw, dimension, etc.).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#7 posted 690 days ago

White oak should be good.

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#8 posted 690 days ago

Oak should make an outstanding Roubo workbench. If I recall correctly, Andre Roubo’s original bench was made from oak.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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derosa

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#9 posted 690 days ago

Mine is being built in white oak, and I will be adding a contrasting wood for looks.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#10 posted 681 days ago

Hi Joe,
I am embarking into the realm of woodworking bench making myself and have 12/4 Red oak for the top and butternut for the base. I don’t foresee any issues using oak, Oak is pretty cheap for me. Let us know how it turns out.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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