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Project by TEK73 posted 07-14-2019 06:51 PM 1034 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My split top roubo workbench.

The whole bench except the wooden vise screws and the vise garter, are made from rough sawn beech slabs that I got from a farm bargain some time ago.
The color difference in the top, the face vise and the sliding deadman are due to some of the beech slabs beeing more red in color than other.

The vise screws are made by roe-wood that I got from Lofoten in Norway, where my parent lives (due to the rough weather the trees typically grow a bit slower up there – and hopefully are harder ;-)
The leg-vice has a criss-cross construction. The criss-cross is a DIY design made from a huge crawbar that I got from a local shop for about 14usd (it was the second attemt, the first was from 0.5cmx2cm steel, but that was not strong enough and would bend when I applied pressure – this one is sturdy as h… and will not move. Works really nice)
The vise garter are made from some leftover walnut I had laying around.
The bench is treated with boiled linseed oil. The deadman and the vice also got a round with shellac first.

All joints are mortise and tenon joints that are drawbored and glued togheter.

The bench top is approx 11cm (4 inches) thick and are solid all the way. It’s approx 60cm (23inches) wide, 200cm (78inches) long and 87cm (34inches) heigh.
The bench is really heavy!

I have to say that I just love to be able to clamp stuff anywhere i want to.
I also love that the bench is dead steady no matter what I do with it. My old bench was light and moved around like cracy whenever I tried to do some work on it.

It was a fun and challinging project – now it’s time to make some use out of this bench , and give it some marks as soon as possible. Way to nice as it is now, have to get those first dent in it so that it can be a tool and not a showcase piece!

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 07-14-2019 08:19 PM

I have no idea what you were using before as a bench, but I would wager heavily this is a huge step up. Nice Bench. Well done, and beautiful to look at.

Enjoy using it.

Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 09:18 PM

beautiful well made bench,that will be something your grand kids will be using someday.nice job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 10:49 PM

I love bench builds
This one especially
Beautiful

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CaptainKlutz

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#4 posted 07-15-2019 01:41 AM

Look at all those chips on floor. :-)
Nice to see a good looking bench used!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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htl

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#5 posted 07-15-2019 03:07 AM

Beautiful work!!!
Will surely help you get er done.

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SMP

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#6 posted 07-15-2019 04:56 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Looks like a bench someone will find 300 years from now and admire

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icemanhank

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#7 posted 07-15-2019 07:44 AM

Wonderful mate, what is the idea behind the split top, I have never seen that before? Sorry if that sounds dumb.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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TEK73

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#8 posted 07-15-2019 09:22 AM



Wonderful mate, what is the idea behind the split top, I have never seen that before? Sorry if that sounds dumb.

- icemanhank


There are several advantages that I appriciate with the split top design.
- you can add a divider in the gap between the two tops. It may extrude a bit over the bench surface and be used as a planing stop, or be lowered to make a flat surface
- the divider may also be used as a toolstorage for chiesels, saws and so on
(as you probably have noticed I have not yet buildt the divider)
- you may use the gap as a place to insert clamps, so that it easy to clamp items to the top (I have already used this feature a lot)
- it is easier to build and handle two smaller tops compared to one. For example, I was able to run these trough my planer/thicknesser, that would not be possible with just one top

If you do a search for “split top roubo” you will find a lot more info about the concept.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#9 posted 07-15-2019 03:26 PM

Super Work Beach Excellent work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 07-15-2019 04:36 PM

Outstanding!

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#11 posted 07-15-2019 11:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful bench! I have had wood seasoning in my shop for over a year to build a very similar bench. I have not purchased vise hardware yet; I had been planning on fabricating my own metal parts along the lines of the Benchcrafted units (I have a metal lathe, welding gear and access to a milling machine) but your use of wooden screws for the vises is very compelling. I now think I will use wooden screws as you have. Again, VERY beautiful work, congratulations on a job well done!

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#12 posted 07-16-2019 06:40 PM

Your new bench is very nice, I’m sure you will enjoy it. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 07-22-2019 12:07 PM

I am from Ireland and a spot top work bench is very unusable . Can someone tell me the advantage off it ? Thank you

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Witte

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#14 posted 07-22-2019 12:10 PM

I am from Europe and a split top Work bench is very unusable here . Can someone tell me the advantage off it ? Thank you

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TEK73

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#15 posted 07-22-2019 12:11 PM


I am from Ireland and a spot top work bench is very unusable . Can someone tell me the advantage off it ? Thank you

- Witte

I think I did that in post #8…
However, everyone is free to do what suites their need best.
I’m very pleased with the split top so far, and have only experienced positive sides and no negatives.
And I’m also from Europe ;-)

I used to have a European style bench before, with the shoulder vise, traditional end vise and tool-try.
For me, leg-vise, wagon-vise and split tip, as well as a MUCH more massive/heavier construction is way supiruor to the traditional european style.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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