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Just finished this split top roubo last weekend. Here are the stats:

36" tall, 84" long, 24" wide, legs 3 1/2" x 5", stretchers 4 1/4" x 2 1/2", Top 4 1/2" thick.

Base is 52" wide measuring from the outside, 42" wide measuring from the inside and 24" wide measuring front to back. There is 5" of clearance under the bench.

Dog holes are spaced 4" apart.

Bottom shelf is 19" wide and 47" long.
The top is held in place by tenons and 4 lag bolts.
Danish Oil finish.

If interested there a detailed build album can be found here:

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Great split top bench and a fine pictorial!

Welcome to LJs' mounttod
 

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Excellent Work!

What a clean garage!
 

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Top notch work, your joints all look very tight. I have been thinking of swapping my top out for a SYP top curious as to how it will hold up over time.
 

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That is a very nice looking Bench! The detailed album build was great.
 

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Great job, mounttod. Hope you get a lot of good use out of it.
 

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Very cool excellent step-by-step photography and explanation. From the link you provided - what are the "catches" for the bench dogs and where did you get them?
 

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Great job. Welcome to LJs and I look forward to ur future post
 

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Beautiful work bench. Excellent blog. well done
 

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Very Nice , Who says you have to use Expensive Wood to make one of these.
 

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Thanks everybody! Glad to finally be a lumberjock.

cmmyakman - look up brass bullet catches on amazon. If I can find the exact ones I purchased I'll include it in the post.
 

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Found them immediately with those words - thank you very much for the description!
 

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Thank you so much for the detailed blog. It's going to make my build SO much easier.
 

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I'm so glad this will help! I enjoyed the build so much and hope I can make another one sooner than later. Maybe for a friend or commission one someday. Every step of the build is enjoyable. I also think its the best project to learn hand planning skills on.
 

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That bench should last a lot of years. I also like the wall mounted chest. Welcome to the funny farm of tool addicts.
 

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That bench should last a lot of years. I also like the wall mounted chest. Welcome to the funny farm of tool addicts.

- theoldfart
What are you talking about " Funny Farm" Tools are Serious Business . :) Now if you can just convince the Wife of that you have got it made.
 

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Can't, mine isn't done yet! I keep on finding vintage tools to rehab. So many tools so little time.

You should consider posting your bench on the workbench smackdown thread.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539
 

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I think I'll take that advise and post it over there now. I followed that thread fairly often as I agonized over what design I would go with.
 

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what prompted your decision to go split top? A true bench is in my future. I have not yet decided what style of bench to go with.
 

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what prompted your decision to go split top? A true bench is in my future. I have not yet decided what style of bench to go with.

- Holbs
I clamp things to my bench all the time so I liked the idea that I could clamp stuff in the middle. I also thought it would make it more reasonable to build. Those slabs get sooo heavy. With the middle board fitting nice and snug you don't lose the solid top benefits. I probably won't incorporate the tool holder in the middle like the original benchcrafted split top has.
 
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