Workbench #3 -- Roubo

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 12-21-2014 06:32 PM 17681 views 21 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first workbench has a twin screw vise and an end vise, plenty of dog holes and is great for joinery, but needs a planing stop for planing.

My second workbench is a massive 5” thick top with a cast iron utility vise. I use this bench to hold glue ups and for utility assembly.

I wanted a third workbench which would have a leg vise and a single dog hole strip on the edge for easier planing. A Roubo style was just the ticket. I put a Benchcrafted wagon vise on the one end and for the leg vise, I made my own vise out of hardware from McMaster-Carr. To keep the vise parallel through out the travel, I used linear bearings. Got the idea for that from The Wood Whisperer website. This particular workbench also doubles as left side stock support for my table saw station. This bench is 72” long to match the length of my saw station and 24 1/4” wide. The top is 4” thick. I went with a 10” wide chop instead of the usual 8”. I actually have a 4th workbench—a detail workbench that can be viewed here:

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 07:07 PM

Really nice! Wish I had the space. LOL! Thanks for posting your masterpieces.

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 08:43 PM

Slick, looks great. I guess you can never have enough workbenches.

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 09:21 PM

Nice work indeed.

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 12:20 AM

Nice benches :)

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#5 posted 12-22-2014 04:37 AM

Looks like somebody has a serious case of Benchitis.

That Roubo looks good, odd to see one without any holdfast holes in the legs or top. I take it you’ve gotten the whole “gluing up the slab” part down pat? Any tips to share?

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Jeff Tobert

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#6 posted 12-22-2014 03:44 PM

Tips would be similar to what others have offered. Go oversized with your boards in width, do the glue up in sections, and flatten them while you can still run them across a planer and/or jointer. I’m fortunate in that I have a wide belt sander that can do the final flattening. Gets it dead flat and smooth. As for holdfast holes in the legs, I typically don’t do an awful lot of edge jointing of boards with hand planes, so it was not critical for me to have holes or a sliding deadman. If I need to do that task, I can use the first bench and the twin screw vise.

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#7 posted 12-22-2014 07:18 PM

Wow. Very nice. I would love to make something like this…first have to make the space…

I must have missed it, what kind of wood did you use?

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 08:29 PM

very nice. I hope the one I’m fixing to start resembles a workbench when I’m done.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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Jeff Tobert

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#9 posted 12-23-2014 01:35 AM

Sorry I neglected to say the wood choice—All of them are made from Eastern hard maple.

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#10 posted 12-23-2014 02:31 AM

No lack of space it this shop. The bench along the side of the table saw will fit the bill in my book, love it. Great work on all enjoy!

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#11 posted 12-29-2014 06:23 PM

Cool. Does the dovetail on the end cap run the entire length of the cap ? If it does , are you not concerned about movement and splitting with all that heavy lumber glued together and going in so many directions ?

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#12 posted 12-31-2014 04:20 PM

The dovetail does not run the entire length. Just the last board. The rest of it has a tenon that fits into a mortise in the end cap. The mortise is long so there is room for expansion/contraction. The end cap is not glued to the slab (except at the dovetail) it is bolted on. The end cap has holes that are elongated to allow for wood movement. There will not be a lot of wood movement here even though precautions have been taken as all of the boards have been face glued together and the only expansion that would move that way would be the thickness of the boards. Hope this explains what I mean.

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