The Reject Roubo

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Project by Eric posted 11-16-2011 04:42 AM 6627 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m happy to announce the completion of my workbench! I call it the “Reject Roubo” as it was constructed almost entirely out of reject lumber that was given to me by a church friend whose husband runs a timber export business. I bought the big wooden screw for the leg vise ($10), and the glue, and that’s pretty much it.

This workbench was a LOOOOOONG time in coming. Seriously. Looking back on my blog, here are some real quick highlights:

December 2007: I purchase my first bunch of boards for what the top of what I believe was to be a Roubo-style workbench. I never finished prepping these 16 boards.

May 2009: Now in a different home, I start pondering afresh how I’d build my Roubo workbench.

June 2010: I receive free lumber and have no excuse!

May 2011: I declare the bench completed (as in entirely assembled), and stated that within the week I expected to complete the flattening of the benchtop.

September 2011: I request a kick in the pants.

October 2011: I finally get going, and indeed, finish the bench in virtually no time.

So that is about 4 years from start to finish. About a year and a half on this current iteration. But it’s done.

To check out the entire build series, click here!

-- Eric at

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Tim Christensen

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 05:30 AM

That bench looks awesome!! I love the contrast in wood!! I wished I had a church friend whos husband ran a timber export business!! Where did you purchase the wood screw at?

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 05:33 AM

Congratulations on finishing your bench! Its a great looking bench, and like most I have seen posted on LJs far too nice to use. I really like the heft of it and the array of colours.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 05:54 AM

Well worth the wait! Excellent color and size. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 05:55 AM

@Tim: Thank you sir! I bought the wood screw from eBay for $10. It needed some work as you can see in this blog post – I had to make a new head for it. The handle is just from a felled tree near our house (roughly smoothed with drawknife and chisel).

@Woodbridge: Thanks! But trust me, this is no show bench. I won’t dwell on all its imperfections because hey, it’s just a bench, but let’s just say Chris Schwarz would probably spend a solid weekend “fixing it up” if he got his hands on it! :D

@sptfish: Much appreciated! I hope so too!

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 08:27 AM

That’s an exotic looking workbench!!! Very nice.

-- Wayne, Ottawa, Ont

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 09:06 AM

Brought it all together. Looks fantastic.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 12:34 PM

The famous “kitchen workbench”!! It came out very well! I love the way the different colored wood looks on the top.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 01:02 PM

Great looking workbench!!!! Hard to believe theis was rejected wood nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Craig Havran

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 03:42 PM

you sound like somebody that can take criticism so here is mine… if you wanted to do it right, you should have left it in my shop. how much does that hoss weigh???

great looking bench!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#10 posted 11-16-2011 03:55 PM

Very Cool looking Bench !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 11-16-2011 03:56 PM

It’s absolutely fantastic. I love the undercarriage. Very beefy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 11-16-2011 04:22 PM

Very nice bench. Congratulation!
I hope you will not use it for making Pasrty dough or menguli roti canai,.! ha x 3…

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 11-16-2011 04:35 PM

Phew! Glad that’s done!

Seriously, nice work. Looks great, should do you very well. I will predict that find that leg vise handle too long in time. And the vise itself, especially with leather in the jaws, holds like crazy without all the torque you’re thinking about with that handle.

The striping is excellent, the price is outstanding. You should be justifiably proud, regardless of the schedule.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 11-16-2011 05:24 PM

That’s a nice looking bench.

-- I'm looking forward to regretting this.

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#15 posted 11-16-2011 05:44 PM

That’s one of the best looking benche’s I’ve seen. I like the dark wood.

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