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Forum topic by ScottinVa posted 09-26-2014 07:00 PM 2501 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2014 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: for sale roubo workbench

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 07:11 PM

Nice looking bench but doesn’t look like a Roubo style one to me.

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 07:20 PM

No, I’m curious what would you call it? And what are some modern examples of Roubo’s in your opinion?

Google Image search on “Roubo style” shows benches nearly identical to the one I posted.

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 07:25 PM

I believe that is an english style joiners bench. Not a Roubo. Just because it is an old wooden work bench doesn’t mean “Roubo”. The benches in your link dont look like the one in the CL ad.

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 08:39 PM

The Roubo workbench is so called because of it’s inclusion in a book by Andre Roubo in the 18th century. It is actually a typical French design that predates Msr. Roubo by several hundred years. The characteristics of a “Roubo” or French style workbench are a thick slab top (so no tool tray), stocky legs that are co-planar to the top and attached with a dovetail and tenon joint. The vises are the wrong style, as well. An true Roubo style would either not have vises or have a leg vise on the front, not a face vise. Here is the page from his book that shows the bench.

That is a lovely old trestle joiner’s bench and thanks for posting. Too bad whoever is listing it felt the need to coat the top with spar varnish. That would all have to be scraped off before being able to be used as a workbench again.

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 08:46 PM

Roubo style benches have the legs dovetailed into the top flush to the front edge. I believe they are often equipped with leg vises and possibly wagon vises as well (might be a modern addition). That bench on Craigslist has none of those features.

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 09:58 PM

HAHAHAHA Antique + but I restored it = not an antique, damn it’s near me too but thats WAY too much scratch!

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