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This is my Roubo Bench built with the plans from Benchcrafted, including the Benchcraftted vises. Constructed from Ash and Purpleheart. I chose to use round benchdog holes-a no brainer and a no big deal for me. Is it permanently assembled, I chose not to use the breakdown hardware. Also, the tail vise end block is permanent. The surfaces are sanded to 80 grit and sealed with water-based wood sealer. The wheels are available from Rockler and work like a charm to make the bench mobile. The basic bench is not at all hard to make but getting the vises installed properly requires time and patience. The Benchcrafted site uses some "condor tails" to attach the front lamination to the tail vise end block. Lacking some big tools to accomplish this, you see finger joints on my assembly and I think it looks just as cool. I seasoned the cast iron hardware before assembly. Get some food grade linseed oil, coat the metal parts then wipe them down with a cloth, bake in your oven at 500 degrees for an hour. I did three treatments on mine. It's hard to do a project of this size justice in just 6 pictures. So if you want to see me brag a little more, check out my album on Photobucket. It includes some before and after pictures of the hardware. Thanks for looking!!

Finished dimensions: 35" tall x 87" long x 24" wide

http://s1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg557/lobro4/

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Beautiful workbench, congratulations on a fine built bench!
 

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Awesome bench. I would be afraid to scratch it lol. Love the purple heart accents.
 

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Wow what a great job and a beast! I'm so jealous!
 

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That's gorgeous! One of the best workbenches I have seen. If I built my workbench that nice I would be afraid to use it.
 

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Wow that's an amazing bench one of the best I've ever seen.
 

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Ahhhh… WOW! Making your own bench is the best project you can do. Yours is as good as it gets.

PS - I'm a Lawrence Lion and a KU alum. Rock Chalk
 

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Great job.
I just built one myself. I like the contrasting wood on yours. The wheels are a nice addition too.
 

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Wow, awsome workbench and it is mobile one too.

I am trying to make up my mine.
I got two slab of 3×12x72 (approx) that I have went through my planer.

Do I do a split bench with a tool tray (in the middle), split with a gap, side by side (leave a hair line gap).....
I need to make a decision within the next day or two.

Lobro, is the center section removeable? It looks like a tool holder. I am thinking that if that is removeable, one could clamp from the center of the bench as well. If so that may be tbest of both world. What is that distance?

I think there will be some interest in seeing a demonstration on the mobility of the workbench. Everything that I have is moveable. So I plan on having wheels on my workbench as well. My plan is to have castors mounted on a plank (plank hinged on bench frame). It had done by varous people including here at LJ and web. Yours looks even cleaner.

I could use more pictures showing the details.

Job well done.
 

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Yes the center section is removable. It has some cutouts that allow it to set even with the top of the bench. When lifted up, it serves a a stop to set your work piece against. The center gap on mine is a hair under 1/ 5/8" but will vary from one bench to another.
 

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Now you are teasing me with this beautiful workbench, fantastic work!
 

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bad ass bench! Can't wait to build one some day!
 

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Thanks for the response.

I am also interested in the deadman. I have never seen one in person.
I like to know what the intented function. Is it just to hold things up working in conjunction with the leg vise? Should you able to put a hoadfast on the deadman? What about the the deadman sliding around? Since the deadman slides back and forth, do you put wax on it?
 

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Awesome job! I never get tired of looking at benches…. one day I will build mine too.
 

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hhhopks.
The deadman functions just as you mention. My deadman is not waxed. The bottom end is V-shaped and rides on a pointed top of the lower rail. The top end of the deadman is rabbeted and the lip rides in a groove cut in the underside of the bench. The length of the deadman is just short enough to leave some free play so you can lift the deadman just a hair and slide without resistance.
 

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awesome! I love looking a workbench pics; one of these days I'll get around to making a new one myself, but until then I'll just drool over others.
 

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Excellent Workbench!
 

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Lobro, great job, great workmanship, and nice choice on adding the purple heart.
never get tired at looking at benches either!
 
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