The Rou-Bozo Workbench, A New Standard?

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 10-31-2014 09:45 PM 5443 views 19 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I built this workbench, my mind kept wandering to one question. Shouldn’t there be a new lower standard for the workbenches built by the average woodworker, the everyday clown who loves the craft? Not a Roubo, although I love them.

Then, bells tolled. I am building a landmark in our craft, the first, known as such, Rou-Bozo workbench!

This bench is full expression of the new low standard: Construction grade lumber. A butt-polished maple top, three reclaimed bleacher seats from a high school gym renovation. (Hey, 30 bucks!) Cheap wheels, and no fancy drawer guides. Pocket screw and glue joinery. An inexpensive vise with a scrap walnut handle. BINGO, ROU-BOZO!

Fuctions as an outfeed table, assembly table, and workbench.

Working height: 34 1/2”. Top: 7’ 5” x 28” W.

Main Carcase: 57” L x 22” W x 30” H. Corner Posts: 1/2’” proud.

Slide-in Drawer Carcase: 27” L x 21” W x 29 1/4” H
Six drawers: 26” W x 10” W x 5 1/4” deep.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 09:49 PM

Great Bench! I need some bozo in my shop…


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 09:55 PM

Nice bench. Love the “butt-polished maple top” comment.

What’s the anit-wracking device you’ve got with the vise? How is it attached to the bench? Looks like a good solution worth copying if you could show some more detail.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 09:56 PM

You are a trend-setter, possibly a rou-bozo book in your future. Seriously, nice “practical” workbench. An example to be admired by the ordinary folk -like me.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 09:58 PM

Hey Delayne, I’ll trade you one of my deluxe boxes for one of those workbenches! Waddaya say? ;-)

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 10:47 PM

That is one nice work bench DeLayne!

Can’t beat “butt polished” grade lumber!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 10:48 PM

JayT: The Vice Rack Stop is a commercial product from Lea Valley/Veritas. You can find it here. $13.50 plus postage. There are also examples of shopmade vice rack stops around the Internet. Typically, a simple stack of thin plywood squares with a bolt through them.

Maplerock: That trade is a temptation. I always look at and greatly admire your work. What about postage?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 10:53 PM

pretty nice bench!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 11:58 PM

Very nice, indeed

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-01-2014 12:17 AM

works for me! looks like a good solid bench – many successful projects to follow

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 11-01-2014 12:17 AM

I am impressed!

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#11 posted 11-01-2014 02:12 AM

The only thing lacking is a photo of you, who built the bench, posing in the now famous ‘reclining with head held in the palm of your hand, while lying on top of your bench’ pose,,, go on I dare you!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 11-01-2014 02:17 AM

I’ve just started building my roubo with construction lumber. I guess I’m a bozo too!

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#13 posted 11-01-2014 10:31 AM

Average? You are light-year away from the average hobbist

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#14 posted 11-01-2014 01:16 PM

I like the name you gave it in your description


...or did I misread that?

Good matter how you name it!


-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#15 posted 11-01-2014 01:21 PM

What is that push block on your tablesaw…did you build that too?


-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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