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Project by Breeze73 posted 07-17-2017 10:03 PM 9826 views 30 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed a 6 month (+/-) project in making my first true Roubo style workbench. It is by far the most massive project I have tackled to date. It is made from Quartersawn Beech & Spalted Beech, with Black Walnut accents. I just weighed it and it comes out to 433 lbs. The top measures 84”x30”.

The feet are non-traditional as the wood does not come in contact with the floor. I used hockey pucks and 4” long x 3/4” stainless steel bolts as leveling feet, with 2” long x 3/4” couplers to give the bench at least 3” of travel as needed. I was a little worried in how stable these might be, and that they might allow for some movement back and forth. Well I am glad I took the leap as they are absolutely rock solid. In fact, I think they are more solid that just allowing the legs to sit on the floor. The hockey pucks don’t let the bench move AT ALL, and as a side benefit, I don’t have to shim the legs as my floor isn’t flat.

The bench serves many purposes, but one of the key purposes is that it serves as my tablesaw outfeed table, due to the limited size I have available for my work area. In a few years I hope to have enough room (i.e. a separate shop building instead of a garage) to allow this to stand alone.

I used BenchCrafted hardware and the hardware is great. Though, I will have to say their assembly instructions are complicated. I think they could be a little better organized in detailing how to install everything. And I also found a couple of errors in their instructions where they contradict themselves, and another couple of steps that appears to be a catch-22.

The finish is 8 coats of Natural Danish oil. That was one of the most time consuming parts. Though I am glad I did it as the finish is absolutely beautiful. I did put 2 coats of GF High Performance Poly on the lower shelf to give it added durability. I will eventually build a tool cabinet to sit on the shelf, but for now, it will just be an open shelf.

All in all, I am delighted to have this bench to use for all of my various projects in the future. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Breeze





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 07-17-2017 10:19 PM

That’s a magnificent looking bench—almost too nice to use!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 07-17-2017 10:54 PM

Totally fantastic. I’m itching to start a bench like that for myself. I really love the wood choices.

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#3 posted 07-17-2017 11:30 PM

Just beautiful Breeze!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 07-17-2017 11:32 PM

I can only dream of having such a table
Doncha just love incra tools ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 07-17-2017 11:39 PM

Beautiful bench sir. I’ll bet you can’t wait to get it all scarred up ;-)

Why not post it on the workbench thread?

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Breeze73

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#6 posted 07-17-2017 11:41 PM

Thanks gents! I probably should post it there. Thank for the recommendation.

Yes, I love the Incra TS-LS. Absolutely a great investment!!

-- Breeze

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#7 posted 07-17-2017 11:46 PM

Bravo, very impressive, don’t you dare scratch it ,,,not today.
Thank you for showing.

-- andrek

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#8 posted 07-18-2017 12:06 AM

Who says that you can’t have beautiful tools? That bench is a beauty for sure. Nice work, Breeze!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 07-18-2017 12:36 AM

That is a real Beauty, Congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 07-18-2017 01:39 AM

Better looking than my furniture!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 07-18-2017 02:01 AM

wow an absolute beautiful piece of shop furniture.i love how you took the time to make a bench as great as the furniture you build.the only problem is its gonna hurt like hell that first big scratch or ding,but then the pain will go away and you can enjoy using it without worry,kinda like that first scratch on a new car-lol.once again gorgeous work breeze.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 07-18-2017 02:20 AM

What a gorgeous workbench! You’ve got to be very proud of your accomplishment. This is truly a beautiful masterpiece. I really like your choice in woods also. You need to take yourself out to dinner and celebrate!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 07-18-2017 02:53 AM

+1 to all of the above!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 07-18-2017 03:49 AM

Best of the best, congrats Breeze 73 on a fine heirloom bench and the Daily Top 3

award!

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#15 posted 07-18-2017 05:03 AM

That is one good looking bench, you did well!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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