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Project by Dom Dudkiewicz posted 06-07-2021 10:56 PM 962 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been dreaming about a lifetime workbench for a few years and finally decided to build this split top Roubo this year.

I used Tasmanian Blackwood for the base. This timber is all solid stock, not laminated. I chanced upon some really large sections that had been air dried over 10 years and couldn’t help myself. It’s beautiful, one-off stuff.

Top is Rock Maple. Bench is 2270mm x 710mm and 890mm high. Legs are 145mm x 145mm, and top is 125mm thick – approx 6”x6” and 5” top. Weight is approx 260kg or 570lb.

Hardware is Benchcrafted.

All mortise and tenon with knock-down hardware. Dovetails are hand cut. I have dovetails on both end caps for visual appeal. Both end caps are from the same piece of Blackwood and thus have continuous grain.

Just need to make the gap stop.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom





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NaFianna

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#1 posted 06-07-2021 11:10 PM

What a beauty. You could eat off it. I would happily have that in my dining room.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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Rich

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#2 posted 06-07-2021 11:28 PM

You’re not actually going to use that thing for stuff like chiseling and planing are you? You might scratch it. Don’t take that chance.

Seriously though, beautiful bench. Awesome work.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 06-07-2021 11:38 PM

Awesome bench! The grain in that leg vise is especially beautiful.

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pottz

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#4 posted 06-08-2021 12:43 AM

if the quality of a mans work bench is any indication of his skil and quality of what he can do you sir are a master woodworker! those dovetails are just incredible eye candy.i cant believe the top is solid wood.i hope your not afraid of using it for it’s intended purpose though.

-- 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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Dom Dudkiewicz

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#5 posted 06-08-2021 12:47 AM



if the quality of a mans work bench is any indication of his skil and quality of what he can do you sir are a master woodworker! those dovetails are just incredible eye candy.i cant believe the top is solid wood.i hope your not afraid of using it for it s intended purpose though.

- pottz

Sorry the top is laminated, the base is all solid – no laminations. Probably didn’t make that clear in my haste. Thank you. I definitely will be using it as a workbench and expect it to develop some serious use-patina over time :).

-- Dom

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Dom Dudkiewicz

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#6 posted 06-08-2021 12:48 AM



Awesome bench! The grain in that leg vise is especially beautiful.

- sansoo22


Thank you. Yes, the timber for the chop was selected carefully. In the right light there’s quite a bit of fiddleback in it too.

-- Dom

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Dom Dudkiewicz

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#7 posted 06-08-2021 12:48 AM



You re not actually going to use that thing for stuff like chiseling and planing are you? You might scratch it. Don t take that chance.

Seriously though, beautiful bench. Awesome work.

- Rich

Haha. Thanks Rich. No, it’ll get used well and truly.

-- Dom

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Dom Dudkiewicz

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#8 posted 06-08-2021 12:49 AM



What a beauty. You could eat off it. I would happily have that in my dining room.

- NaFianna

It is in my dining room… haha, no jk. Thank you.

-- Dom

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swirt

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#9 posted 06-08-2021 01:05 AM

Beautiful work on the bench.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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WhattheChuck

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#10 posted 06-08-2021 01:22 AM

Don’t usually comment on benches, but this one is exceptionally beautiful! Great job!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#11 posted 06-08-2021 01:23 AM

Wow!! You’ve built an incredibly beautiful bench! What a work of art!

-- Dan, TN

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gdaveg

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#12 posted 06-08-2021 01:30 AM

That immediately caught my eye and had to look at the pics and read the story.

Sorry you can’t use tools on that cuz it is too pretty to dent, scratch or cut…..It is an amazing looking and great build bench.

You will love working on it. Would make me smile when I saw it every day, sure will be the same for you.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#13 posted 06-08-2021 01:33 AM

AWESOME

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 06-08-2021 03:20 AM

Holy Moley, that’s a nice bench! I’ll say handsome, because “pretty” doesn’t do it justice. Top 3, #1, no surprise, there!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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therealSteveN

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#15 posted 06-08-2021 04:39 AM

Art as Workbench or is it Workbench as Art. Either way that is quite the bench, visually impressive as a bench can be, and appears as well built, great design, wood, and parts. Yer gonna love that Benchcrafted vise, so very smooth.

Use it in good health, and enjoy the accolades, you deserve them.

-- Think safe, be safe

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