My Roubo Journey Begins

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Blog entry by Pat3 posted 01-20-2014 12:58 AM 1898 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I retired last year and we moved from San Diego to The Southern Oregon Coast, we are renting out the SD house. I purposely left my old workbench in SD to force myself into finally building a new workbench as the old bench was not very good for hand tool woodworking.
I love the design of the Roubo and knew it was in my future. There are no local lumber yards here that sell anything worth using for a workbench, just construction material. In my searching for a lumber source I found a family owned lumber company about 2 hrs away. We took a drive up the coast and found a gold mine for teak and Douglas fir. This is not the material I really wanted, but they sold the DF in large sizes and all the lumber for my new bench only cost $122.
I got two 6”x12” beams to use for the bench top, the legs will be made from 6”x6” beams and the stretchers will be from 3”x6” boards.
I just started planning down one of the beams for the top.

I hope to make some good progress in the next week.

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 01:34 AM

Good luck with the build. I’ve had my Roubo for several years now, and built a couple major projects on it, and I still love it. I’m going to add a planning stop soon and flatten the top before I start my next major project. It handles anything.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 02:10 AM

I can’ trait to see what you do these slabs.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 02:38 AM

It looks like it is going to be solid. Waiting for the next step!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 04:24 AM

Thanks guys.
I have already dressed the top and mating side (up in the picture) for the first top beam. I have also dressed the underside of this beam, just need to work the side sitting on the saw horses. That side has a deep gouge from the fork lift used to move the wood. I am hoping it lines up with the leg sliding dovetail so I can just cut it out of the way.

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 07:27 PM

The price you paid sounds like a steal! $$$$$$

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 12:26 AM

Yep, that is what I thought when they quoted me a price over the phone. They took the order with no money down,
“just pay when you come to pick it up”. It took a couple of days for them to cut the pieces to my size requirements.
I couldn’t pass up on the price and size of the wood, even if it was DF. I was happy that I wasn’t going to have to do a lot of glue up to get the size lumber I wanted.

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 03:11 AM

Great looking lumber. Care to share the name of your source? I would love to take a trip to get some myself. Thanks.

-- Don

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 03:19 AM

Don, it is Oregon Overseas Timber Company, the website is
Also forgot to mention that the DF is quarter sawn, free of heart center.
They are just on the outskirts of Bandon, OR

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