SYP Split-Top Roubo Workbench

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Project by grfrazee posted 12-02-2013 03:38 PM 22793 views 32 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Eleven months to the day (pretty much), my workbench is finished!

The bench is a split-top Roubo style made with construction-grade southern yellow pine. It has a leg vise and tail vise (hardware from Lee Valley). The storage platform has a cabinet to house my planes (and keep them free of dust). The middle divider doubles as a planing stop and has spaces for holding tools. Fully loaded the thing weighs probably 250 lbs and is rock solid.

I began work on the bench during Christmastime 2012. Having little time for woodworking (and also having my workshop 1.5 hours away), I have been working on it piecemeal in the interim time.

However, in between deer hunting over Thanksgiving week, I finally got time to finish the few small remaining tasks to get the bench to the “complete” state. Of course, there will undoubtedly be changes made over time as my style of work progresses. For now though, the top is flat, BLO is applied, and it’s as pretty as it’ll ever be.

Thanks for looking! I will be updating my blog with a SketchUp model sometime soon for anyone that’s interested.

But of course, the bench isn’t done until I take a picture with the Bondo Pose!


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#1 posted 12-02-2013 03:54 PM

Congratulations! Such a nice present to yourself for the Christmas :-)

One bench per year seems to be quite reasonable rate (according to my own experience).

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 04:28 PM

Friggin Awesome! Well done on the bench and the Bondo pose.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 05:20 PM

Very Nice!!!

I really need a real workbench!!!

Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 12-02-2013 05:22 PM

Excellently done! Now you just need to start giving it some character marks—a stray hit with a mallet here, a chisel nick there ….....

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 05:41 PM

Great looking bench. I have the same tail vise from Lee Valley, yet to be installed on my yet to be built bench. I do however have a large stack of rough birch waiting for the first cut.
Any tips on building the tail vise?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 06:27 PM

Thanks all for the comments.

@rad457 – I did a blog post on making my tail vise. I can’t say that my way is the best way, but it worked for me. The best advise I can give is to make sure things are square before you start assembling as it will save you headaches later on.


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#7 posted 12-02-2013 06:45 PM

Great job – really like the tail vise.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 12-02-2013 06:47 PM

Looks like it should last you quite a while… Nice Bondo pose!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 12-02-2013 06:48 PM

Beauty! Favorited and I’ll be checking out that blog and sketchup when it comes time for me to make a new bench.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 12-02-2013 07:43 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 12-02-2013 07:53 PM

nice bench hope you have fun using it

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#12 posted 12-02-2013 08:25 PM

Great job on the bench.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 12-02-2013 08:33 PM

It looks great. I keep telling myself, “One day…”

-- Justin C.

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#14 posted 12-02-2013 09:20 PM

Nice work. Congrats on fine looking bench.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 12-02-2013 09:29 PM

Proud owner/builder and top bench poser, all three in one .So very well done and a smashing looking bench too. I finished mine about six months ago so will need to post pics soon LOL .
Sincere wishes for your future as a great woodworker Have fun your pal in Scotland Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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