Roubo Bench

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Project by Brett posted 04-28-2013 07:11 PM 3457 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my Roubo bench, more than a year after I started buying lumber for it. It’s made primarily from southern yellow pine, plus maple for the leg vise and ash for the shelf. The top is 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 4-3/8” thick. The work surface is 33” above the floor. Overall weight is close to 300 pounds.

The bench is a close approximation of Christopher Schwarz’s Roubo bench. I used a different leg vise shape, plus I made the stretchers closer to the ground so I could put the parallel guide above the shelf (which means less bending to adjust the pin). The end vise is by Jorgensen, to which I added a 2-3/4”-thick chop. Dog holes in the chop and along the front of the work surface are used to clamp boards for hand planing.

I love the size and weight of the bench. It’s rock-solid when I use hand tools on it, but I can still scoot the bench across the garage floor when I need to (when taking pictures for Lumberjocks, for example; or when the bench is commandeered for displaying stuff at a garage sale). The total cost of materials is probably well under $500, including the vise and vise screw.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 08:33 PM

Nice Job, But I don’t think I could move it. Good Luck.

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 08:57 PM

Very nice bench I need one myself.

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 09:55 PM

very nice,great bench.should be very useful and last along time.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 12:47 AM

Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 03:48 AM

Nice bench! I think you did a smart move by lowering the stretchers and putting the parallel guide above the stretchers. Mine is below and that’s definitely one thing I’d change on my configuration.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 05:15 PM

Great bench! Congratulatins!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 07:57 PM


-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 08:44 PM

Love it

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 03:10 AM

That is a great looking workhorse Brett ! It looks like it will withstand the test of time and it should serve You well ! Very nice job.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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