Split Top Roubo Bench Build #19: Done!

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Blog entry by ic3ss posted 04-14-2015 02:15 AM 5029 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My morning was taken up entirely by straightening out a snafu with my medical insurance co. and the doctor’s office. What a pain. Sometimes I wonder why I have health insurance.

Anyway. . .

When I did make it out to the shop, I had this cutoff piece of walnut left over from the leg vise chop that was perfect for the deadman. I’m not really done with it at this point, all I did was rip it and cut to length, cut a rabbet at the top and the V groove at the bottom. It fits right in there but I think later I’ll cut a pattern on the sides to dress it up a bit. I don’t have any holdfasts so I’ll wait to drill the holes until I get them.

All that was left was to make the shelf. Yesterday I installed the shelf supports and I had these cutoff pieces left over from making the top that I set aside for the shelf. I picked up a new resaw blade from woodcraft last week after my day of ruining tools described a few posts ago. I got a 3/4” TImberwolf 3tpi blade. Man, this thing cuts nice too. The blade I ruined was 3tpi also but it never cut as nice as this thing does.

So I got the 8/4 maple boards cut up, ran through the planer to 3/4” thick. Set up the dado stack and cut rabbets on each side and even beveled the edges to make the planks look nice. A very nice finishing touch I think.

Well, that’s it for my Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo build. Beginning to end it’s taken me 8 weekends to get it done. Not bad compared to many of these that I’ve read about, although I do have an advantage. My work schedule is 3 days one week and 4 days the next. That means I only work half of the days per year. I pay for it though in that I have a 12 hour workday with a two hour commute. Having 4 day long weekends are very nice to have when I’m working on something like this so I’m able to get a lot done.

I tried to weigh the bench but my scale can’t handle the weight. I’d like to know at some point. The only thing left is to drill dog holes in the top, the right leg, and the deadman, but I’ll wait before doing that. I don’t have anything that uses the holes right now. And eventually I’ll put some oil on it.

Well, thanks for reading, I hope this blog will be of service to someone interested in building this bench. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth it.

Have a great day!


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 03:04 AM

Yes, it is helpful and inspirational! Congratulations on a wonderful bench.
Thanks a bunch.

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 01:30 AM

That’s a real work of art. congrats. One suggestion, work on it for awhile before you decide to make any major modifications. When you get holdfasts, Grammercy has good ones , 2 for 35.00 and they are made correctly to use in that thickness bench. I drilled 2 holes in the R/S leg to hold them, in easy reach but out of the walk way. You will want and need at least 2 holdfasts.I was like you I had never had a “real” workbench before and I had no idea how much easier it is to work on. Good work and enjoy. Mine ain’t near ‘bout as pretty as yours but I still enjoy it.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 04:03 PM

Hey, thats really a nice bench, wish i could bend for the maple, but too expencive here, $7.31 per bd ft. I am using SYP, much easier to work and a lot cheaper. The draw back to SYP is i can never get the look you have. So i believe you have a real keeper. I got a lot out of your blog and though i have built several benches, I a still finding and learning how to do new things. I did learn a few things here so, THANKS AGAIN

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 04:06 PM

Very well done! Congrats! I’m currently working on plans for a very similar bench so I will add this to my favorites.

-- Nathan

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