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Forum topic by Brett posted 04-28-2013 03:16 AM 1269 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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04-28-2013 03:16 AM

I started buying lumber for a Roubo bench over a year ago. A friend at a cabinet shop helped me flatten the southern yellow pine boards with his thickness sander (thanks, Phil!), and I started assembling the bench in my garage last summer. I continued through the fall, mostly a few hours at a time on weekends (with occasional pauses while I worked up the courage to tackle difficult parts of the build), and completed the basic bench this past winter. I installed a quick-release vise a few weeks ago to use as a tail vise, and finished up some more details this weekend. I think I can finally declare my Roubo bench finished.

If you’re family with Christopher Schwarz’s Roubo bench, mine is very similar (I’m still a beginning woodworker, so I didn’t feel confident deviating much from his design). Building this bench was a great learning experience—in fact, many steps in the process (such as chopping mortises and using a router) were “first times” for me. I still consider myself a beginner, but I know a lot more about woodworking than I did before I started.

Here are a few pictures:

The leg vise is made from maple, and the shelf in the base is ash. The leg vise screw is from Veritas and the quick-release vise is by Jorgensen. The holdfasts are from Gramercy Tools. I’m very happy with the materials and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 03:19 AM

That’s a fantastic bench Brett, congrats on a fine job!

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 03:22 AM

The bench looks fantastic. I really like the way the pine looks, not something I say very often.

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 03:26 AM

Very nice work Brett, that thing looks awesome!!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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Tugboater78

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 03:27 AM

Very nice! be sure to post in the workbench smackdown thread

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Buckethead

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 03:41 AM

That is on heck of a nice bench. Even for a more experienced woodworker. The patience and persistence paid off. Now… Will the wife allow it in the house?

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 03:53 AM

Nice Roubo, very similar to mine. Your gonna love it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 04:35 AM

Beautiful setup. Now post it as a project!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 07:12 AM

Beautiful bench!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 01:09 PM

Wow, that’s awesome! What a beast. 7’ long? All details look great, and BT is right: Project Post and Top 3 for this one.

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

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redSLED

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 01:39 PM

Nicely done, beautiful bench. You might want to also put your photos and comments into the long-running “Work bench smack down” thread: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Bill White

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 03:10 PM

Beginner my foot! That is one great lookin’ bench. Now, all ya have to do is to convince yourself to use it. Whispering in your ear: It’s gonna git roughed up if it is used.
Well done sir.
Bill

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WadeHolloway

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 05:55 PM

Very nice job, the bench looks great. If you are a beginner then all I can say is you follow instructions very well.

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