"Le Petit Andre" the Mini Roubo from Oz

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Project by siggykc posted 11-08-2019 10:54 AM 2047 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

G’day folks,

Some may have perhaps been following my build thread in the Blog section of Lumberjocks “Mini Roubo from Oz”.
To those who are not familiar with it, I have been building a “mini” 1550mm long split top roubo.

Finally after many a weekend heading down to my dad’s workshop (I started this in the latter part of the Aussie winter) I completed the workbench.

I was pretty stoked when I bolted the Benchcrafted stuff on after I got it back from the Nickel platers.

A short summary:

- Hard Maple
- Quilted Maple
- Fiddleback Tasmanian Oak (Eucalyptus Regnans)
- Australian Blackwood (Acacia Melanoxylon)

1550mm long
650mm wide
800mm tall

Build duration: 3-4 months of weekends and the odd day off work.

Special notes:
- All 4 corners have “Needlepoint Houndstooth Dovetails”
- All Hardware was nickel plated to resist corrosion
- Top is 115mm thick with a 10mm lower and 15mm top cap on any pieces of figured timber
- All figured timber was milled to 40mm thickness, thus there are no veneers used
- Short length dictated a specially designed leg to allow for full range of the tail/wagon vise
- This is my first workbench build, and my first workbench
- Base finished in 8 coats of Tung Oil Polyurethane “Wattyl Estapol” floor varnish.
- Work surface is finished in 4 coats of Livos Universal Oil

Future plans:
Phase 2 is to build a tool storage unit to go under the bench to keep as small a footprint as necessary, because I am so restricted with workspace.

Please feel free to read the build thread or ask any questions you want. I really just kept this post to a bare bones summary instead of sounding like a parrot and repeating myself too often.


-- Siggy,

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 12:00 PM

The bench is beautiful! The detail work is amazing and I enjoyed all the pictures of the build…
Welcome to Lumberjocks! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 01:10 PM

Excellent work! Kudos on the Bondo pose :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 01:25 PM

That’s not a bench, that’s a work of art. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 01:33 PM

Beautiful! Well done! Now take a chisel and put a big gouge in the top to get it over with. ;>)

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 01:47 PM

Nice work on that. It will be a pleasure to use, I’m sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 11-08-2019 03:33 PM

Wow, does that look awesome! As someone with limited space too this really got my attention.

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#7 posted 11-08-2019 04:14 PM

Don’t sit on it, don’t breathe on it, don’t touch it…’s too beautiful. Just look at it…..from a distance.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 11-08-2019 04:35 PM

Gorgeous. Favorited.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#9 posted 11-08-2019 04:42 PM

Looks good! I had to go look at your blog to see how you did the wagon vise leg. That looks like a good solution. It lets you get the leg out close to the corner of the bench.

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#10 posted 11-08-2019 05:41 PM

Wonderful build. Congatulations on completing that juvel!

-- 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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#11 posted 11-08-2019 06:33 PM

It is beautiful, I would have trouble even laying tools on it

-- Ty

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#12 posted 11-08-2019 07:29 PM

Beautiful bench Siggy. Looks like amazing craftsmanship. I’m sure that what ever comes off it in the future, will be equally as amazing.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 11-08-2019 10:18 PM

I’m sure you’ll build many great projects on the wonderfully crafted masterpiece.
The chrome plating make it sparkle.

The marvelous applications of the different woods look like the techniques of guitar building.

Where did you get the maple timber? Was it imported?
If so from which country?

Great work Mate.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 11-09-2019 01:54 AM

That is quite stunning. Your wife should enjoy using that for all her decorations as it’s obviously far to attractive to be used for serious woodworking! You done good there mate!

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#15 posted 11-09-2019 06:11 AM

Buncha Bling on that Bench. That Quilted/Blistered Maple is sick. Not like all the other woods aren’t really nice. Looks like it’s a perfect balance on size. Big enough to work, and small enough to allow you to in a small space.

It’s going to be a shame when you beat it all up using it. Yeah, it’s going to happen.

You are going to LOVE that Glide, Jameel knows how to do hardware.

Enjoy it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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