The Wood Whisperer Split Roubo Guild Build

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Review by lysdexic posted 03-13-2013 03:29 AM 32670 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am surprised that there has not been a review of TWW guild posted before.

I am a novice wood worker and last spring I decided it was time to build my first workbench. I dont plan on building more than one of these, so I decided to build the best one that I could. After doing all the obligatory research by reading Schwarz’s book, Landis’ book and reading all I could here on LJ’s, I still didn’t feel I had the skills to pull this off. So, I joined the TWW guild specifically for the Roubo bench build.

Briefly, the membership cost a $100 and came with a cutlist, PDF plans, and a sketch-up model. You also have access to a project specific forum and you can even email Marc directly if you get stuck. All these are great but not as invalualble has the hours of video Marc shot for this build. Each one was detailed and easy to understand. In fact, with these I really never felt lost or had that many questions of what I needed to do.

I often would take my iPad in the shop, watch the videos and just “paint by numbers”.

I could go on about what a great value the “course” is but I will the results speak for themselves. I have never built anything like this before. Thank you Marc.

My split Roubo bench project and blog


-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 03:42 AM

Great job on your bench!

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 03:47 AM

I just signed up for a year subscription. He really is the man lol. Extremely informative

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 04:44 AM

Wow. That is certainly a great job you did there. Must have gained a lot of knowledge as well as confidence from building this.

Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Any idea what all the materials cost to do this project ?

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 09:05 AM

Great job, I wish my shop was big enough for this great build. I look fwd to joining the Guild one day when caught up with the honey do list. Marc is a great guy and always willing to help. Love his web site and videos. I do have to blame him for the cutting board addiction however! Its because of him and his video that got me started making boards and now ith over 300 leaving the shop it his fault LOL

Great bench it is a work of art!

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

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 01:30 PM

You’re a novice? Wow, that’s work seasoned woodworkers would hope to accomplish.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 02:25 PM

+1 to Doug’s comment!

I think I’ve reached the point where detailed plans are what I need! I suck at designing anything…Gonna look up the WWG now…sounds quite nice!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 05:01 PM

Wow that’s a good lookin’ bench! Good insightful review as well!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 05:03 PM

I am a second year guild member… the guild is amazing!!!!!!!!!

-- Glass Impressions. Please check out my YouTube Channel!

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 09:12 PM

What’s the finish on that?

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 10:59 PM


The finish is a home made wipe on poly. If I were to do it again, and the top will need top be re-flattened, I will use a drying oil but not a film finish.


-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 11:26 PM

lysdexic....novice woodworker eh… I think you graduated to craftsman with this build….awesome bench in every detail..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 02:57 PM

I like the bottle opener too. The bench is very nicely done. Is the chain really needed? I think I understand the purpose but I guess I have never really looked at the mechanism that closely.

OH – OK, now that I went and looked further in the review section I see that you reviewed the chop vise chain.

I still like the bottle opener and noted again that it is not placed on the business side of the vice. therefore, it must only be there for observers and not the woodworker, right? :-)

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#13 posted 03-15-2013 08:03 PM

Nicely done! Thanks for the review – I have my BC hardware in my shop now (waited for the crisscross system), base is built and I will be finishing laminating the second section of the top this weekend, also hopefully cutting the dogs…

I am also a member of the guild and have enjoyed it for a few years now.

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

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 09:09 PM

Thank you for the review.

It is good to read that so many recognize your novice level workmanship. You sandbagging s.o.b…..

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 03-15-2013 09:39 PM


Good call. It is a safety feature. This way I have to put down my sharp tools and walk all the way around the bench to open a beer. This way I keep my hop sippin’ out of the work place.


-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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