Roubo Workbench

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Project by JB posted 04-29-2011 11:40 PM 5569 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a fun project!

I picked up a copy of the Chris Schwarz workbench book and went to work. As he says a workbench (when built right) is a giant clamp.

Since the pictures I have added the sliding deadman.

-- JB

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 01:46 AM

Nice bench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 02:00 AM

great work, is that southernyellow pine?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 03:02 AM

Nice work. The bench may very well be the most indespensible “tool” in a workshop.

I saw Schwarz’s Roubo bench at last October’s WIA conference. He had a huge slab of cherry for a top. His managing editor, Megan Fitzpatrick, also made a smaller Roubo bench out of white pine.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 03:24 AM

A great bench a work you will use and enjoy for years to come.


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#5 posted 04-30-2011 03:36 AM

It is Southern Yellow pine with oak for the vice jaws.

Wasn’t the Megan bench done with LVL wood on top? LVL being the plywood type material use for beams with all the grain going the same direction?

I have been making due with a “power tool” workbench I made a few years ago. It is still a great bench but not for handtools. Hey it is always nice to have another horizontal surface to stack stuff : )

-- JB

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 04:09 AM

A firend of mine built a similar bench and has a great write up here:

Holtzapffel Workbench

Ken C.

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#7 posted 04-30-2011 04:11 AM

Super nice, you obviously found a good source for SYP!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 04-30-2011 04:21 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of Roubo, great bench. You’ll be glad you took the time to build it.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 04:30 AM

I don’t know what it is but every time i see a new bench i get excited, these are by far my favorite project to view. You have yourself a new shop mate for sure, enjoy working off of it and thanks plenty for sharing your post…BC

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#10 posted 04-30-2011 07:39 AM

nice workbench JB
good to have you back

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#11 posted 04-30-2011 03:22 PM

That is a wonderful work bench and I wish I had it myself. I have had the wood for a work bench to replace mine for some time but I just don’t have time to build it right now. Your work bench is very nicely done. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 07:44 AM

i’m liking that veritas vise…a handtool workbench is the one thing my shop reallllly needs

-- -whatever you do keep making

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#13 posted 06-29-2011 04:15 PM

A little update on the bench…..I have found the Record vice is incredible! I wonder how I ever lived without it. The Veritas has not gotten much use yet.

-- JB

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#14 posted 06-29-2011 04:33 PM

sweet. amazing what a good working bench can do for ya isn’t it? all the possibilities, and ease of working on the parts when they are clamped properly in place….

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 05-26-2012 09:09 PM

A very nice bench. Wish I had the room for one.

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