Roubo Bench with 4 years of upgrades

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Project by Marco Cecala posted 05-14-2012 02:42 AM 4647 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the basic bench 4 years ago. Until a few days ago, I have not incorporated all the changes/improvements. Here is the bench today and YES I consider it finished.
• 102” by 26 ½ “ Ash with pinned M&T Joints.
• Built from plans from Christopher Schwarz’s Workbench book.
• Benchcrafted Wagon vise. Highly recommended.
• Big wood vise screws for the leg and sliding vise.
• Plug strips under the corner vises to plug in tailed tools and lamps I converted to slide into the dog holes.
• All dog holes are ¾” round.
• Veritas Quick Release tail vise diagonally across from the Benchcrafted wagon vise. The reason for this is that the wagon vise dog holes are 4 ½ “ from the front of the bench. I wanted a way to work on small pieces close to the edge of the bench.
I have a bench that has been working well for 4 years. The improvements I have just finished have made it that much better. I glued a new end cap and additional piece along the length of the bench to accommodate the Veritas tail vise.
When all that was done, I flattened the bench and gave it a coat of boiled linseed oil.

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 03:58 AM

Very nice, now let’s see the projects you build on it… :)

Great job! Nice BC hardware too!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 10:55 AM

That bench looks brand new, not 4 years old. You should see my benches…..................

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 12:43 PM

Now that is a bench.
Nice vises too.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 04:32 PM

Very nice bench. Hope I have one that nice some day.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 05:27 PM

Looks great Marco. That’s on my list…maybe with some new 8/4 and 9/4 wood, i can build one myself. What wood did you make your bench out of?

-- Matt, Arizona

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 05:32 PM

That’s a really nice bench, a BIG one at that! I’ve got my wood screws on order, hoping to follow in your footsteps. I’m going to attempt to build my wagon/tail with a fat woodscrew. We shall see.

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

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 08:27 PM

Nice bench, Marco. You should be proud of it. I can’t imagine it needs much else other than to have a board in the vise and the top covered with plane shavings. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 12:14 AM

Martin that is quite the bench. Should take care of all your needs for years to come, nice job.

-- Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 01:21 AM

Sharp looking bench. Would be a great addition to anybody’s workshop.

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 01:49 AM

really nice bench, i love all the shavings on the floor, cant say you didnt work hard to flatten that thing, you will love this bench for the rest of your life, now i want to see al do his, i saw some sited with the large custom made screws, they were awesome , didnt know someone could make a living making those things, well benches to, but, what a tough job, making work benches..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 02:00 AM

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 02:18 AM

The bench is all Ash.

Thanks for the kind words gang. This bench has been a hard worker for the past 4 years, planning on us being together for many more.

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 02:22 AM

thats a sweet bench.

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 04:32 PM

Tough looking workbench. I’m sure it will last you a lifetime.

-- - Martin

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#15 posted 05-16-2012 01:11 AM

Thats beautiful,if my bench looked like that I would be too afraid to use it :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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