Roubo/Scandinavian Workbench

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 11-23-2011 01:49 AM 30095 views 40 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello. This is the workbench I finished making on November the 12th. It is a combination of both the Roubo and Scandinavian bench designs. It has a shoulder vise, leg vise, and tail vise. The bench is made from hard maple with the shoulder vise chop and sliding deadman made of walnut. I also have two holdfasts to go with the bench. I may eventually make a shelf between the base stretchers, but not sure yet. The top is also removable from the base to make the 250+ lb bench much easier to move. The bench took just over 2 months of full time work to build, but the design was made back in June. I have two 2 1/2” 2tpi wooden screws on the leg vise and shoulder vise, with a 2” 2 tpi screw on the tail vise. The bench is finished with boiled linseed oil.

If you go to the link here you can see the first blog entry for the entire build of the workbench.

Here are two videos I made going over the bench now that it is finished. In the first video I talk mainly about the design and construction details, while in the second video I show practically how each vise can be used.

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-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 02:18 AM

Now that is a bench !
Beautiful in every detail .
Just wish it was mine !
Congrats and thanks for the videos


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 02:23 AM

Very impressive.
You should be proud.
I enjoyed the build blog too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 02:25 AM

Just completely awesome. Those dovetails are spot on – flawless.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 02:35 AM

That is one great workbench! All kinds of room and beautiful clamping vises and it looks very solid!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 02:39 AM

I’m jealous!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 03:03 AM

You can be mighty proud of that bench.
It’‘l serve you for the rest of your life splendidly!
Beautiful work my friend!

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 03:22 AM

I think it came out great! I have been working on a new bench idea and thought I knew exactly what I wanted, but this blog and the wood trex vid have caused me to rethink my design choice! Do i go with Store purchased metal vice hardware or handmade wood screws?! I had made up my mind that I didn’t need a leg vise, but now I am rethinking that aspect of the design.

The video tutorial/class on making the tap and die for the wood screws and nut will be a deciding factor for sure

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 03:45 AM

This is really a masterpiece – so well done. Enjoyed the blog and wish I had your vision.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 04:10 AM

What a beautiful bench or is it a work of art.
If I made that it would be in the front room as a show piece.

Wonderful job!!!

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 06:43 AM

Jeez, nothing short of jaw dropping!

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 07:06 AM

Now that is a project that put a smile on my face, wonderful job, enjoy it and don’t fret over that first ding, it just means you are using it for its intended purpose.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 07:17 AM

how the hell did this not get a top 3 award i am dumbfounded

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 01:09 PM

Awesome job, I will have to watch all off your build blogs. This is an incredible work that I am sure you are very proud of. Great, great job.

-- Jon

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#14 posted 11-23-2011 02:49 PM

Very, very nice!

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 04:03 PM

Great bench and videos. WELL DONE !!!!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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