SYP Split Top Roubo Workbench with drawers

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Project by Eric_S posted 10-17-2016 12:50 AM 8904 views 20 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Southern Yellow Pine Split Top Roubo Workbench made out of 2×10’s ripped in half. . Cabinet is made of plywood with Pine face frame. I haven’t finished the sliding deadman yet but I might wait a while to do that. The top was flattened with a router planer jig I made from plywood and metal L braces for rigidity. The top began as 4” thick but due to some serious warping on the front half I had to plane it down to 3 3/8”. Legs are all 4 3/8×4 5/8” thick. Bench measures 76” in length, 24” deep, 34” to top. Side legs are mortise/pinned tenon’s. Middle rails are connected using long bed 5/8” diameter bed frame style bolts. Finish is Danish Oil 3 coats. Top sanded only to 60 grit, the rest to 220.

I’ve wanted to build my own solid workbench for quite some time now. Last summer we moved to a new house and I remodeled the basement to have a dedicated workshop instead of being in the garage like our last house. Blog post here…, Old workshop here… ( I need to update workshop pics).

Now that the workshop was done, it was time to add a proper workbench. I spent the last 6-8 months working on this in whatever free time I could get during the weekends.

The bench itself is based off of plans from but with slightly different dimensions. I bought my front St Andrew’s Cross Leg vice from them and wagon wheel tail vice from them too. They were a pretty penny but wow are they smooth and well worth it. Precision machined and beautiful to look at.

I then decided to add in storage since the room doesn’t have any besides wall space. The dog holes are positioned just outside of the drawers so that I can use hold downs later on.

I’m still working on setting up shop, but needed a workbench so this was first.

Thanks for looking!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 01:59 AM

That’s a very nice looking bench.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 02:06 AM

Awesome looking bench, Eric! That yellow pine sure has some beautiful features!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 03:17 AM


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#4 posted 10-17-2016 12:09 PM

Super nice bench. Should do you well

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 01:06 PM

Very nice bench! Hoping to start building mine soon, or whenever my daughter decides she wants to stay asleep so I can go to the garage.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 03:18 PM

Awesome bench! Very nicely done. Very clean looking, and your drawers look very meticulously fit! I’ve been thinking about building a split top roubo out of SYP myself. How many 2×10s did it take you to build this bench?

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 03:24 PM

Thanks everyone. GotClamps, I lost track but I think somewhere between 18 and 24 2×10’s. I got the idea to use 2×10’s from Jay Bates, check out his youtube channel.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 05:05 PM

Congrats on a great bench and new shop!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 10-17-2016 05:45 PM

Cool! Thank you very much!

Thanks everyone. GotClamps, I lost track but I think somewhere between 18 and 24 2×10 s. I got the idea to use 2×10 s from Jay Bates, check out his youtube channel.

- Eric_S

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#10 posted 10-17-2016 08:00 PM

Very, very nice. Love the look of the pine.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 11:24 PM

Very nice indeed! My only gripe would be–such a nice bench deserves to be made of hard wood…:)

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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#12 posted 10-18-2016 12:00 AM

Michael, initially I wanted to use hardwood. I even thought i was making a mistake after purchasing all the SYP.
However, my wife convinced me of two things. 1) it was a workbench meant for being used and abused. If it was hardwood then I’d be afraid to dent/ding it. 2) The cost alone for hardwood for the bench could better be used towards multiple furntiure projects, like a formal dining room table I’ll be making.

I was hesitant at first, but like always, my wife was right. I’m extremely happy with how it turned out and am excited to be able to use and abuse it for many many years to come, and then hopefully my son will get a chance at it many years from now.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 10-18-2016 12:51 AM

Nice job Eric.
I can see some very nice projects coming off that bench.
I made a big router table out of that type stock recently and love it.

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#14 posted 10-18-2016 01:01 AM

Looks like some had some shop fun time, nice work!

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#15 posted 10-18-2016 03:23 PM

Very Nice!!

-- Matt, Pennsylvania

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