My Roubo bench--finally

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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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#1 posted 358 days ago

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

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#2 posted 358 days ago

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

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#3 posted 358 days ago

Very nice work Brett, that thing looks awesome!!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 358 days ago

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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#5 posted 358 days ago

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?

-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.

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#6 posted 358 days ago

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 358 days ago

Beautiful setup. Now post it as a project!

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#8 posted 358 days ago

Beautiful bench!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#9 posted 357 days ago

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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#10 posted 357 days ago

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

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

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#11 posted 357 days ago

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.


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#12 posted 357 days ago

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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