|Project by BigRedKnothead||posted 82 days ago||2779 views||50 times favorited||52 comments|
Well my Roubo bench is Done! It’s been quite a ride.
This bench was heavily inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s recent book on workbenches. Part of me wanted plow my own path, but I couldn’t deny this simple and extremely functional design some French guy came up with centuries ago. I gave his bench my best shot and this is what I came up with. Bench measures 8 ft long, 28” deep, and 36” tall. Legs are 5×6”. Probably around 500lbs. I can move it around my shop by lifting one end at a time. But not easlily.
The bench is made of white oak and walnut. Of course, the contrast of the two species was intentional. But I really selected these because they are the most common hardwoods here in Iowa. Matter of fact, all the wood in the bench was harvested and dried within 30 miles of our home. I was able to get really good prices and didn’t spend any more than folks would spend on southern yellow pine in other parts of the country.
Like a lot of the furniture a I make, the key feature burns up most of the hours. In this case it was the through dovetails/tenon by which the legs are attached to the top. My first ever dovetail I might add. It’s a massive joint, but it was worth the hours put in. I think it makes the bench.
My real motive for this project was to have a bench that would be more conducive to working with hand tools. That’s the direction my work has been progressing. Goal achieved. I have been using this bench, and my planes, A LOT ever since the vise was installed. The leg vise was the only unknown in the project. I’d never used one before. I’ve been pleasently surprised. It works great. The end vise is really just vise off my old bench. I kicked around other end vise options but stayed with this for now. Eventually, I think I would like a veritas twin screw vise on the end.
Definitely feel blessed to have the means and ability to embark on such a project. Here’s to a lot of years of enjoying this bench. Peace out, Dan
Oh ya, I made a 3 part blog about this project if you want to see how I went about the construction.
-- "Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks." -P. Yancy