YARW (Yet Another Roubo Workbench) #1: Pile of Sticks

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Blog entry by Brett posted 04-01-2012 02:13 AM 1822 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of YARW (Yet Another Roubo Workbench) series Part 2: Glueing up the legs »

I’m starting to build a Roubo workbench. Nothing original there, but I thought I’d blog my progress.

I’m following Chris Schwarz’s descriptions and plans in Handbook Essentials. I purchased the lumber (the equivalent of fourteen 8-ft Southern yellow pine 2×12s) by ones and twos over the winter, whenever I could find good quality boards that were dry, relatively flat, and nearly knot free. The boards have been stickered in my garage for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

I’ve cut the pieces for the legs and stretchers (slightly oversize), and am fortunate to have the help of a friend who works at a cabinet shop to thickness the boards for me in his company’s thickness sander (since I don’t own a power-jointer or -planer, his help is a godsend.) We’ve thicknessed the boards for the legs (16 pieces in all, plus 2 spares) down to about 1-3/8”, and in a couple weeks we’ll sand them down to the required 1-1/4” so I can begin gluing them together. We’ll also start to thickness-sand the pieces for the stretchers at that time. The eight 2×12s I’ve designated for the top are still uncut, but I intend to rip them down the middle soon to give me the sixteen boards I’ll need.

Here’s the lumber; not very impressive, except that I can already see, in my mind’s eye, the pieces coming together to form a bench that will be ideal for use with hand tools:

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 02:59 AM

I to am in the market for a new bench Awh heck who am I kidding
Any bench (currently mine is some particle board on 2×4 frame)
I have purchased some green Soft Maple and I am koing to have kiln dried for me (first time for this too)
I too am currently reading Chirstopher Schwarz’s book “The Workbench Design Book ”
So I will be watching your blog with interest

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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