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My Roubo style workbench. Based on the French workbenches documented by Andre Roubo in his book from the 17th century, made popular by Chris Schwarz and others. The legs and stretchers are made of hard maple, the top and shelf are made of soft maple (cut locally in SW MN). Leg vise screw is from Lake Erie Toolworks, and not pictured is a Veritas inset vise that I added in the tail vise position.

thanks for looking

John

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Congrats! Thats going to be fun to work on!
 

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Beautiful work! That should be a joy to use.
 

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Awsome bench.
Job well done.
 

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Are you going to put any holes for dogs and hold fasts? It's a nice looking bench. What are the top dimensions?
If you want to eliminate the pin on the leg vise let me know or search "chain leg vise" and you will find what I've been working on. Apologies for the shameless plug. Now back to the regularly scheduled program.
Jim
 

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Yeah, I put a Veritas inset vise on it for a tail vise, and I drilled some holes in it for dogs. I have a good holdfast, but haven't drilled any holes for it yet (I'll only drill a couple).

The top is 23 1/2 wide by 84 inches long. The bench top is 34 inches off the floor. I'm lucky because 34 is the right height for me, and it's the same height as my table saw (and outfeed table, of course). I like having all those things at the same height, makes life easier.

Also, I put the Parallel guide for the leg vise above the stretcher to minimize stooping. I 've seen people who put them down by the floor to increase leverage and I can't imagine why it's necessary. My vise has plenty of clamping power, and it's not to bad to bend down and change the pin (not that you really change it very often).

John
 

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Very nice, I am sure you will enjoy this one for quite some time. Well done.
 

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Good job, probably going to be a real work horse for you! Andre would be proud!
 

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fantastic bench great job.
 

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Beautiful bench. Always wanted to build a Roubo.
The front vice and sliding deadman look beautiful.
 

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Very solid looking bench !
 

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That's a great bench. I'm guessing you will not have to build yourself another one. That should last for generations.
 

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Very nice work I think you built a nice one And the work you did is good did you do a blog on the build?
 

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Very nice bench. Someday, I will build myself one too.
I like the Veritas Shoulder plane and LN hand plane on top too. Nice taste in tools.
One question though. Why go with hard maple for the base and soft maple for the top. Why not do the same wood for both? Just curious.
 

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looks like you did an excellent job.

congratulations
 

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I love Roubo style benches. One day, after I've developed the proper skills I'm planning on building a split-top one like the wood whisperer built by Benchcrafted. Yours looks awesome. Nice job.
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys. And a daily top 3, wow!

@ thedude50, sorry no blog, I'm terrible at remembering to take in-process photos.

@ whome, also that's a Wenzloff dovetail saw, and a Blue Spruce Chisel. I guess I do kinda have expensive taste for tools! As for why I used hard maple and soft maple, there is no reason really other than, at the time I was making the legs (a couple years ago), I had some "cheap" hard maple. And at the time I was making the top I had just bought a ton (literally, a ton, or two) of soft maple, so I made the top out of soft maple. Having flattened the soft maple top, I couldn't imagine hand planing a top out of hard maple! Planing the top with those hard maple leg tenons sticking thru is kind of a challenge too!
But, doing it again, I'd probably just use soft maple for the whole thing, beings I still have a ton of it.

John
 

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That is a beautiful bench. How do you like the inset vise?
 
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