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This workbench is now a year old, and I really like it.

I made it last January based upon plans and the Youtube videos from Jords Woodshop. It's poplar with a maple vise chop and a mahogany end cap on the bench.

This bench was the first thing I made by myself and really forced me to be creative and develop my skills. Making a workbench without a workbench is really hard. But I'm very satisfied with the end product. I chose poplar because it had the best cost/hardness value I could buy from a place that would mill the lumber for me, since I didn't have a jointer or planer and wasn't about to dimension everything by hand when I really had no idea what I was doing. Unfortunately having the hardwood dealer S4S a bazillion board feet of poplar is really expensive, and was one of those transactions where I didn't realize how expensive it would be until I went to pick up the lumber. Suffice it to say it would've been way cheaper for me to just buy one of the really nice workbenches you can order online, but that's not the point of woodworking.

Anyway I love the end product. There are a few things I'll change if I build another bench. My leg vise has some play in the screw and it sags, and the parallel guide is kinda annoying, and it doesn't close entirely square. I'd probably invest in one of the nice Benchcrafted vises. As for the tail vise, it's not a real strong vise, and it would be nice to have a wide one that could clamp with more than one dog. As for using poplar, I actually don't see yet how using a much harder wood would be that much better. Sure my bench top is dinged up some, but that doesn't bother me. And it's stayed dead flat for the last year. The other smaller bench I made with a yellow pine top is all out of whack after just a couple months and needs to be flattened again already.

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Heck of a job Jarmo first project and it's a great workbench

well done.
 

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You should give yourself a pat on the back, for building such a large and well constructed project without a planer or jointer is indeed impressive.

Woodworking tools can cost a pretty penny, however as you have found out having someone else do the mailing is about as expensive as buying the tools do do it yourself. I learned that too. If I do a job now, I buy the necessary tools. Should I need them again, then I feel I have benefited. And if I don't then, too bad, it would still have worked out cheaper than have some contractor or journeyman do the work for me.

Now you have a good solid work bench you can take the time to plan and build great projects and save towards buying the tools to make your woodworking productive and enjoyable.

Great job.

David
 

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Really good work there. I also want to build a roubo workbench and am looking for some ideas for mine
 

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Very nice bench. That will be a real pleasure to work on.
 

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Great looking bench. Thanks for sharing.
 

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That's a beautiful bench! I hope yours gives you many years of pleasure working on it.
 

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I'm jealous. I've been wanting to build a Roubo for a while now, but I don't have time. One of these days…

Also, definitely invest in at least a basic thickness planer and build a sled for jointing, if not getting a jointer as well. It took me months of watching classifieds but I finally scored incredible deals on both. I don't have to pay for S4S anymore. :)
 

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This is a wonderful workbench and beautifully done. It's a great addition to your shop and will serve you well for many years.

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Love this bench.
 
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