Another Roubo Workbench

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Project by JimYoung posted 04-08-2020 07:57 PM 1992 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

Here is my version of a Roubo style workbench. I followed the BenchCrafted plans and used their tail vise, leg vise, and knock down hardware. Construction is from hard maple with some cherry thrown in for contrast. Finish is one coat of BLO wiped on. I went with round bench dog holes and have ordered a pair of hold downs and aluminum dogs to start with.

The height was adjusted so it is the same as my table saw. Next up is to block up my planer so it feeds in at the same height with the long term plan to make a flip top cart for the planer and sander. This will make all the major work surfaces in my shop level so handling material should be a bit easier.

Overall the BenchCrafted hardware is top notch and you not be sorry with the quality if you can afford the cost. My only complaint was the 3 screws that hold the nut for the leg vise that used a straight bit stripped out on me. The barrel nuts require a bit of precision so that the bolts will engage without cross threading, but no complaints here.

Hardest parts of this build were moving around 100’s of pounds of maple and working on it without a proper workbench to hold it. Near the end of the build I was able to use the tail vise to plane a few pieces, and it really makes a difference when a work piece is held firmly and safely.

I still need to build the gap stop and put in a shelf, but all the local lumber yards are closed for the virus.

For more information on the construction, you can check out my blog on it here.

With this project done, I’m rearranging my workshop.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-08-2020 08:09 PM

Looks like a top notch job Jim. Beautiful bench.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 04-08-2020 08:25 PM

Jim, that is a joy to behold and you will smile every time you use it. I hope your heirs appreciate for generations to come.

-- Art

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#3 posted 04-08-2020 08:43 PM

There’s a work of art stout enough to park a tractor trailer on.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#4 posted 04-08-2020 09:25 PM

Awesome bench, and I agree 100% Jameel puts out the best vise works you can buy, so smooth.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 04-09-2020 02:11 AM

Wow! Super looking bench. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 04-09-2020 02:46 AM

That is one outstanding looking bench.

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#7 posted 04-09-2020 12:20 PM

Beautiful workbench. Only problem is I would be scared to mar it up. Enjoy it.

-- Tom

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#8 posted 04-09-2020 04:27 PM

Wow! is right. Excellent work!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 04-09-2020 06:26 PM

Great job Jim!
I take it you drilled the 3/4” barrel nut holes with a brace bit and auger?

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 04-10-2020 04:30 AM

Very nice work

-- Vince

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#11 posted 04-13-2020 08:30 PM

Other than that the vices are on the wrong side, that’s a dream bench :-)

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#12 posted 04-13-2020 11:06 PM

Other than that the vices are on the wrong side, that s a dream bench :-)

But I’m in my right mind!

Thanks all!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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