Walnut Roubo Workbench

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Project by sk416 posted 09-19-2019 01:58 AM 1087 views 10 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, this is my recently completed walnut roubo workbench. I didn’t originally plan on making a workbench out of such extravagant wood, but i got lucky. I happened across a craigslist post for a few old walnut beams. When I went out to see them they were in pretty rough condition, having sat outside under tin for a few decades. I took a chance and in the end they cleaned up well and for a price less than what i’d spend on a comparable ash or maple bench. I did have to epoxy a few major checks and dig out enough nails and lag screws to build a small treehouse but that was part of the fun.


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#1 posted 09-19-2019 02:13 AM

OMG, what a beautiful top!! Congrats, sk. Drooling over that bench, great job.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 09-19-2019 02:15 AM

Now that is a bench!
That is some nice walnut and the design with the clean lines and massive beams is classic. Great vise too. That
Sheldon vise looks incredible. The moxon makes that even more versitile. What a great workbench. The extra pics and the video on your linked website are very cool too! I really like the detail blog about the build. I’m glad I clicked on that link.
Enjoy using it and thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 09-19-2019 02:43 AM

They built structures out of the darndest stuff back in the day. Guess they had a Walnut tree nearby and so just used it! Nice bench!

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#4 posted 09-19-2019 04:30 AM

All i can say is, wow! Great find, and work, with the material.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#5 posted 09-19-2019 05:26 AM

Great recovery of some wayward posts. Turned out pretty slick didn’t it. ;-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 09-19-2019 08:38 AM

Love it.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 09-19-2019 08:54 AM


-- 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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#8 posted 09-19-2019 12:25 PM

Workbench for living room? What a great idea! :)

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#9 posted 09-19-2019 12:40 PM

OK – I’ll be the first to say it. Unfortunately, this magnificent endeavor is worth nothing more than sitting and staring at it, drooling on it and in general just enjoying such a fine piece of furniture. Oh wait, you said it was a work bench ? naw, I just didn’t read the title right

-- 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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#10 posted 09-19-2019 01:07 PM

That is a beautiful bench. Great rescue of wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 09-19-2019 01:50 PM

I loved the pics of that gnarly wood before the transformation. Curious is the bench stained or natural?

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#12 posted 09-19-2019 02:11 PM

Really live the bench!
Well done!

-- 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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#13 posted 09-19-2019 02:20 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. If I had that I’d be woodworking in my living room so everyone could see it.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#14 posted 09-19-2019 02:58 PM

That is beautiful, what are you going to use it for?

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#15 posted 09-19-2019 03:16 PM

Just beautiful! I love the massive lumber and the finish is awesome.

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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