Split Top Roubo - Benchcrafted

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Project by MAO posted 05-03-2018 01:35 AM 6509 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes….another split top roubo….

I just completed my lifetime workbench. I have worked on this off and on for several months – probably close to a year. I really have no idea how long it has actually taken me. I used power tools as much as possible. However, I don’t own a power jointer or planer, so there was ALOT of hand tool opportunities work for me to practice my hand skills. At the end of the day, I am thankful for that. I really enjoy using my hand tools and this project allowed me to really get comfortable with some things. The hardware is benchcrafted and I followed the plan as much as possible. I used construction grade SYP for my lumber – per the guidance of many of you fine folks. Although, I have yet to use the bench in earnest. I am confident that I will have absolutely no regrets in choosing this material. This bench is extremely heavy and stable and it’s going to get used. And, I found the SYP to be receptive to the necessary hand tool work for my situation. Anyway, I know you guys and gals have seen a ton of these things, so no need to go on and on. I am feeling so blessed of finishing this project. And look forward the the many memories that I will make at her side.

Thanks everyone,


-- MAO (Indiana)

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 01:41 AM

Wow! Beautiful work. I’ve got a simple SYP workbench now and it has served me just fine. Approximately what was your cost in wood?

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#2 posted 05-03-2018 02:12 AM

Thanks for the compliment Evans Woodcrafts. I appreciate it.

I guesstimate my lumber cost was $150. I bought 2×12x8’ (construction grade) at my local menards. They were a little under $10 each and I think I bought 15 of them. I tried to get wide flat sawn boards so when I ripped them down to final size they would be mostly rift sawn. I wanted to have mostly straight grain material shown as a finished product.

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#3 posted 05-03-2018 03:17 AM

Beautiful bench! I just cut down some oak and beech trees so I’m planning to build a bench with some of the lumber from them once dried. Where did you get the design/plans for this build??

-- Matt R

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Randy M.

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#4 posted 05-03-2018 03:44 AM

Very nice bench , that is the style I will build one day. Where did you source the gear (end vice, leg vice) did you decide on using the pivot or trailing guide board ? Looks very nice.

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#5 posted 05-03-2018 11:41 AM

Nice looking bench. The SYP build looks superb, that lumber definitely did not come from my Lowes. :P

Guys, you can find the hardware and plans on BenchCrafted’s website. I used their hardware on my build, top notch stuff.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 05-03-2018 01:38 PM

Great bench Mark! It will last you a lifetime. Or, until you decide to build another one. ;-)

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

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#7 posted 05-03-2018 03:04 PM

Excellent looking bench. Bet it takes a few friends to move it back inside as heavy as it looks. Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 05-03-2018 03:25 PM

Your bench looks great! The Roubo is very much a ‘rite of passage’ in woodworking. If you can make +3 inch joints line up in 10-100 pound pieces, you can do anything!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#9 posted 05-03-2018 04:45 PM

Beautiful bench. I’ve got a maple slab that I have been saving for my Roubo bench top. I’m hoping to get stated on it this fall. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 05-03-2018 06:39 PM

That’s a wonderful bench. I’m looking forward to building one quite similar to yours. Your getting anxious to start on it. That Benchcrafted hardware looks fantastic.

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#11 posted 05-03-2018 07:12 PM

Excellent workbench, well built and it should serve you well for years to come. Your journey is just starting, I just finished taking my Roubo apart for moving cross country! Again nicely done and welcome to the club. Please cross post to the workbench smackdown thread, the inhabitants there will appreciate your skill as a builder.

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 05-03-2018 07:33 PM

Congratulations on the new bench… Looks like you did a very nice job on it.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 05-03-2018 09:50 PM

Excellent. I am about to start mine this month. I’d be curious where you sourced your hardware.

Well done!

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#14 posted 05-04-2018 01:03 AM

SO NICE!. I am getting ready to build the same thing out of SYP. The BC hardware is sitting next to me. Great job. Now I’m more excited to get started. Thanks

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#15 posted 05-04-2018 04:31 PM

Like all the other comments on here…that’s on nice bench. I love the vices, and joinery you added. Totally jealous.

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