Split top roubo bench

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Project by TechTeacher04 posted 08-02-2014 08:26 PM 4367 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second version of this bench. I disassembled the first version to make this one. I had a tool well in the middle of my last bench and found it to be a hassle. Picture one shows the bench with a filler in the split and the tool wells. I added a small one at the back right corner for pencils and tape measures. Pictures 2 and 3 show the filler rotated 180 degrees so it can be used as a planing stop. Picture 4 shows the tail vice and the small tool well I will house pencils and tape measures. If i need to clamp something through the center split, i just need to lift out the filler piece. I glued in spacers to add rigidity but also think that i could store chisels or my dovetail saws there if i am working on a project and want them close by.

Legs are cedar 4×4s
Top is laminated 2×4s
The tool well is black locust and hardboard, the black locust was left over from some raised beds i made.

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 08:47 PM

Great rebuild idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 11:26 PM

Nice job of repurposing. Looks very sturdy with the thickness of that top.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 11:43 PM

Its great to see how you can turn the filler into both a tool holder and plane stop.

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