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Forum topic by Joekwon80 posted 05-29-2012 04:26 PM 2030 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2012 04:26 PM

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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#1 posted 05-29-2012 04:33 PM

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 05-29-2012 04:40 PM

What type of oak?

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

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 04:44 PM

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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#4 posted 05-29-2012 04:50 PM

I believe its white oak.

-- Joe Kwon

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 04:51 PM

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 05-29-2012 10:06 PM

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 05-29-2012 11:46 PM

White oak should be good.

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 01:06 AM

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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#9 posted 05-30-2012 02:46 AM

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 06-07-2012 10:01 AM

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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