Split Top Roubo Workbench

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Project by ic3ss posted 04-15-2015 10:34 PM 7700 views 18 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally went and did it, I built myself a proper woodworking bench. I tore apart my old plywood bench I built 17 years ago when we bought our house. It was just a quickie bench made from plywood and tubafors. It was stout and worth having but it was not for woodworking, no woodworking vises. This has been a real hassle for me since I re-started in woodworking five years ago.

I wrote up a 19 part blog here: on building it. From beginning to end it took 8 weeks working only on my weekends. A challenging project to be sure, mistakes made, certainly. But nothing went wrong that I had to either scrap a workpiece, or affect functionality of the bench except one thing. I had some serious issues all day in episode 16, Easter Sunday of all days. One of the problems was resawing an 8/4 board to make the gap stop went horribly wrong and it ended up being about 8 inches shorter than I was planning on. But it still works.

You may notice the lack of round holes in the deadman and the top. I don’t have any holdfasts yet. I have the 3/4” bit ready to go but I’m going to wait ‘till I get holdfasts before drilling anything, but that’s all it needs at this point, except a project being built on it.

I bought the Benchcrafted hardware and plans. Made from 8/4 Hard Maple and Walnut. Top is 3 3/4” thick, 84” long, 24” wide, 34” tall. I don’t have the weight yet, my scale doesn’t like it. I estimate it to be right around 300lbs.

Thanks for reading, and 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 04-16-2015 01:20 AM

A great looking bench. Nice work.

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 01:20 AM

killer. Well done! Have enjoyed following along with your blow.

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 01:33 AM

Love it! Great work. Can’t wait to see all the projects you will make on it.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 02:30 AM

That’s a beauty Wayne. Wood, hardware, and craftsmanship are all top notch. I’ll be checking out your blog. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 02:38 AM

Well done shipmate, it looks awesome!

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 08:43 AM

Very Nice job!

-- Sam Hall TMC(SS) USN Ret

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 11:26 AM

It is beautiful, you are lucky with that workbench. I think that benchcrafted hardware is the best you can get, in my next workbench I have to get it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Isra, Salcedillo (Cantabria),

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 02:45 PM

Benches like these make more motivated to attempt one myself.

I’m curious, when does the split down the middle of the table become useful? I’m only curious because when I finally do get to building my workbench, I want it to be able to handle any task.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 03:32 PM

Beautiful bench.
Good build, must have been great fun.
That hardware are just so sexy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 04:16 PM

Definitely on my bucket list. Congrats on a beautiful build which will last more than a lifetime.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 04-16-2015 05:40 PM

HoarderBoarder; The gap stop sits between the two top halves and is raised up 3/8” to be used as a plane stop. When not in use it sits flush with the bench top and out of the way.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words.


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

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#12 posted 04-16-2015 06:41 PM

Very nice bench, uh, can’t think of enough good things to say,,,,,,

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 04-17-2015 11:42 PM

really nice bench – hats off!

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 04-19-2015 09:43 PM

Wow, wonderful. I hope to make a Benchcrafted workbench one day…! I love that hardware!

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#15 posted 04-19-2015 10:37 PM

Very pretty

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