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Project by KelleyCrafts posted 11-20-2020 04:54 PM 1772 views 6 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another Roubo bench in a sea of Roubo’s. Mine isn’t much different from the others but I did do a more traditional tail vise and the wife splurged on a pretty cool bonus for me.

This bench has been in the planning and buying stages for the last two plus years. I think it was two years ago I received my vise hardware for Christmas. The cool seat my wife got me a year and a half ago for father’s day. The oak, I managed to grab for about $1BF a couple years back. The eucalyptus are just pieces I’ve had but the leg vise is a piece I’ve kept around for exactly that purpose due to it’s thickness and size. Probably had that for three years now or more. So this was a long time coming for sure.

SPECIAL TOOLS

Last Father’s day my wife went crazy and splurged big time on a gift, we were supposed to go to Hawaii and then Handworks this year but both fell through due to the current global epidemic. So instead of Hawaii, she bought me a Shaper Origin and we probably still saved money in the end. With that said, I figured I would see what this thing could do on a big project like a new workbench. It definitely answered the call. Mortises, tenons, vise hardware, inlays…made the job pretty easy. Even though the Origin isn’t the fastest tool, it’s accurate and pretty cool to use really. So I let it do the work. I also don’t have a table saw so doing the tenons with the Origin was a treat over using the bandsaw or a handsaw.

I didn’t seem to capture pictures of making the mortises but the cool thing about the origin is you can choose what you cut from the design on screen. So for the tenon I can choose to cut the outside of the middle section down to whatever depth I need and then use the same file and choose to cut the inside section. I ended up making the mortises about .005 larger than the tenons so they would slide in nice.

When using the Origin to cut the vise hardware it was especially convenient because it’s the same file again for the chop and leg so I just had to cut it twice. Also, when making the file for Origin they use specific colors for specific things (only four colors really) so blue represents any kind of annotations you want that the tool will ignore as a cut path but something you can see as a reminder of what you are doing. So cutting the vise hardware I needed a through hole and a larger hole that was 3/4” deep. I could see it onscreen to remind me what section needed what. Pretty cool for a dude like me who can’t seem to remember simple things.

I also used the Origin for the inlay. I went with my logo over a Phoenix. I live in AZ, it’s hot, a Phoenix kind of fits and I didn’t necessarily want to inlay the compass that many others do so after discussing it with a buddy of mine and the wife, the Phoenix got the vote.

HARDWARE

Ok, for the hardware everyone goes with Benchcrafted and it looks like solid stuff (There is some Benchcrafted hardware coming up). I imagine I would have been super happy with it too. But I went with Hovarter which is a quick release solution. I like the quick release, I’m a lazy dude and impatient sometimes so turning a vise a million times didn’t sound like my kind of fun. Overall I’m pretty happy with the Hovarter. I will say, the Hovarter instruction say to wax the shaft so I did, but then I just found it would slip inside the mechanism and not clamp very well. So I’ve rubber this bars down with alcohol and they work amazing. However, I don’t know what people would do in high rust climates. Maybe some light abrasive on the shaft and then some wax so there’s more friction in the mechanism? Not sure Being in Arizona I don’t have too many rust issues.

The seat did get some Benchcrafted love. It’s solid hardware and works amazingly well. Seriously it’s awesome. I have it on the leg with the tail vise so I can sit there and use rasps, files, etc to shape items in that vise. Excellent to sit and do plans or think through fixes on the errors I make.

DIMENSIONS

Dimensions: 6’ Long, 24.75” deep, 38.5” tall

THANKS!

So that’s about it. I’ll answer any questions if people have them. It might be better to ask over on the workbench thread so others who are looking to build might find them useful. But either way is fine. If you want any other pictures or want to see something specific let me know and I can get those. I have tons of pics of this build.

Thanks for looking/reading.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 11-20-2020 05:18 PM

Just 1 very beautiful bench …. I wish I had the room for one …. this looks like it will be a dream to work on ... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 11-20-2020 05:23 PM

Sweet!!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 11-20-2020 05:24 PM

Excellent work man. That thing is dead sexy! Good call on the Hovarter vise hardware and the Phoenix inlay was a stroke of brilliance.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 11-20-2020 05:26 PM

Sweat! I’ve really got to get off my rear end and start mine. Pretty impressive what you can do with the Shaper Origin.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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hairy

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#5 posted 11-20-2020 05:50 PM

You do very good work, that’s a bench to be proud of.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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KelleyCrafts

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#6 posted 11-20-2020 05:57 PM

Thanks guys. Appreciate the kind words.

Kenny, the Phoenix was a great idea. I would have given you credit as the “buddy” but I didn’t want people to know I was friends with you.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#7 posted 11-20-2020 06:13 PM

Absolutely fantastic in every way.

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pottz

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#8 posted 11-20-2020 06:32 PM

“just another roubo” hardly dave that is one of the most beautiful well made roubo’s ive seen here,and there are many.that bench would inspire anyone to create.i gotta stop watching things made with the origin though,im really gettin an itch for one.even though your a friend of kenny’s i still think your an incredible woodworker.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Kelly

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#9 posted 11-20-2020 06:54 PM

Would you consider renting your wife out for a few days? You can have her back after she spends your next vacation on me (e.g., a router like yours would do).

What the heck, after looking at the bench, toss yourself into the deal too. I’d really like one of those.

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jeffswildwood

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#10 posted 11-20-2020 07:01 PM

What an amazing work bench. I like everything about it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 11-20-2020 08:08 PM

Very nice bench. I really like the attention to detail. Down to the draw and cabinet pulls that are recessed so you dont knock and knees or shins into them.

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KelleyCrafts

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#12 posted 11-20-2020 08:13 PM

Funny Kelly!!

Thanks for all the kind words!

Sanso, the pulls were actually chosen to not get in the way of a sliding deadman I have yet to build. I have a long mortise in the bottom of the top and a rail on the bottom stretcher so everything is there for it I just need to make one. It’ll be able to slide without a problem with the cabinet pulls. I just needed to move on to some paying customer stuff before I got a chance to do the deadman.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#13 posted 11-20-2020 08:37 PM

Yer killing me Dave!!!! I’m going to have to find some time when I can be alone to drool over your bench.

Maybe we should have a workbench swap instead of a knife swap??

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 11-20-2020 08:55 PM



Sanso, the pulls were actually chosen to not get in the way of a sliding deadman I have yet to build. I have a long mortise in the bottom of the top and a rail on the bottom stretcher so everything is there for it I just need to make one. It’ll be able to slide without a problem with the cabinet pulls. I just needed to move on to some paying customer stuff before I got a chance to do the deadman.

- KelleyCrafts

I saw the bottom rail and was going to ask about a sliding deadman but didnt want to be that guy that asks “why didnt you do this or that”.

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KelleyCrafts

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#15 posted 11-20-2020 08:59 PM

I don’t think the deadman will take me long, just need to hit some deadlines. I can make due without for now.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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