My new roubo style bench. #1: My wallet is screaming: 2x4s, and hardwood, and vices; oh my!

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Blog entry by emart posted 02-29-2016 03:52 AM 1616 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided it was time to build myself a real work bench. Initially I was just going to buy a pre-made table top and build a simple base. Then I decided i should have a pair of vises as well. And then I just sort of kept falling down the rabbit hole after that. The top is made from two beech table tops I bought from Ikea and laminated together (blasphemy I know.) The skirting is made from laminated pieces of oak which is drying as I type this. The skirting is 2×6 to make it extra beefy. So far I’m in this thing about $600 and it’s still not done. Next time I will just save up and buy an actual Sjobergs bench.

Anyways pictures:

My ghetto table base. Eventually I will replace it with a steel base on locking castors.

This is the underside of my table top. I don’t have any clamps big enough to laminate a table this size so I put it together with screws. Eventually they will come out and be replaced with dowels.

One of the skirts for my table. Some say it’s overkill and it probably is.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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