My Bench - 21st Century/Roubo

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Project by Jesse posted 11-20-2010 11:28 PM 4798 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first workbench. Also my first large woodworking project. Essentially complete, with the exception of the tool trays. I finished it a while ago, but am just getting around to posting it. The bench is mostly ash, with the exception of the legs, which are hard maple. It is very heavy, somewhere around 400lbs. The leg vise has rollers on it.

It was an enjoyable project.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 11:31 PM

AWESOME job! I’m sure you will relish every minute you spend working on it. Enjoy!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 11:47 PM

That is one heavy duty bench. Nice work.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 11:59 PM

you have don a wonderful job..its a beauty..i made mine about 5 month ago…im really glad i did…yo will love your bench…wondering how you got along without it….grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 12:03 AM

Thanks guys

It was definitely hard work, and very heavy work. Each leg was over 30 pounds. Doing the jointing on the long pieces was a challenge on my 6” jointer. I made infeed and outfeed table for it.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 01:40 AM

That’s GREAT! And the vices are where they are supposed to be:-). BTW what are you using for a vice? Also, what inspired the tool trays? I’m a fan of the benchcrafted split-top, but not so sure about the tool trays.

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 02:04 AM

Check out the 21st century workbench at Pop. WW’ing. That is where I got the design for the top. I am guessing you are a Lefty! As am I. I got the quick release small Groz vice which is quite nice. The leg vice is just a vice screw from Lee Valley (I think?). The leg vice roller are my own version of the benchcrafted ones using heelies for the wheels.

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 06:32 AM

Very nice!

I am cutting some ash trees from my backyard and have been planning on milling them to use for a bench, but I would really like to know how you like the choice of ash for your bench. Obviously the open grain of ash vs. something like maple had me concerned that it may make a bit of a difficult work surface, so I would really be interested in your opinion regarding how the top of the bench behaves in use.

Regardless, that is an amazing bench!

-- David from Indiana --

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#8 posted 11-21-2010 06:54 AM

I actually really like the ash for the bench. The legs of my bench are hard maple, and they are no more dense IMO. I actually think the ash is a little tougher. I can tell you that soft maple is basically like poplar in comparison to the ask.

The ash is a nice cheap, dense, stable wood. Bob Lang built his bench out of it. Chris Schwarz gives it a thumbs up. That was good enough for me. Not to mention I got the Ash for $1/bf vs. $6/bf for hard maple. The hard maple that I have in this bench is reclaimed countertops from my neighbors kitchen(free).

With vices I have under $400 in the bench!

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#9 posted 11-21-2010 08:00 AM

Hey Jesse,
Nicely designed and built fully functional bench…good job.

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#10 posted 11-21-2010 08:39 AM

Very nice.

-- Daniel -

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#11 posted 11-21-2010 09:53 AM

Strong looking bench and a good looking project in the works on top of it

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 11-21-2010 02:39 PM

Looks like you could park a tank on it. Just the way I like ‘em! Nice.

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#13 posted 11-21-2010 04:30 PM

Nicely done. I am going to “Favorite” this one for future reference. By the way, is it safe to assume due to your placement of the leg vise that you too are left handed?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#14 posted 11-21-2010 04:38 PM

Yes I am a lefty.

If not that would have been a big whoops!

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#15 posted 11-21-2010 05:37 PM

As another lefty, I appreciate your custom bench man! Thumbs up.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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