Roubo style workbench overhang

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07-12-2020 05:14 PM

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Hello good people, I’m currently building my first proper workbench. It’s a roubo style from plans from Christopher Schwarz’ book. The bench top is cantilevered past the legs around a foot or so, it’s pretty vague. Mine will be 2 feet wide and 5’9” long. I thought I would make my leg base 4’ long, which leaves about 10 1/2” cantilevered past legs on both ends. Is this ok, or is their something I’m not considering? I will install a leg vise threaded right through the left leg, as per instruction. Hoping for advice on this. I am a novice at woodworking.

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 07:24 PM

Pretty much just aesthetics as long as wide enough for stability. 4’ on a 5’9” bench is plenty stable. With a leg vise no issues, only way it could really be an issue if you were making a face vise that could interfere with the planing stop or your hardware for end vise etc.

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#2 posted 07-12-2020 07:57 PM

Think about any end vise that you may want to install down the road. I have a Sheldon face vise installed as an end vise.

A wagon vise is another possibility.

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#3 posted 07-12-2020 11:26 PM

+1 leave enough room under neath the end of table to mount the end vice of your choosing.

I used a pair of antique Wilton quick release vices I restored on my bench, and they need 14” under bench for mounting.

Vise can take a lot of room under the bench.
Random pics from Woodcraft site as examples:

Good question to ask! LOL

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#4 posted 07-13-2020 01:29 AM

Thanks all. Good things to consider. I do have a quick release vise I’ve been considering for my end vise, only because I own it already. I’ll take a look and see what I need for clearance.

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#5 posted 08-02-2020 08:16 PM

Hi, I’m building a Roubo style workbench and you all gave me good advice about cantilever of bench top past the legs. The bench is 6’ long by 23 1/4” wide. In order to accommodate my end vise, I’ll need to leave overhang 18 1/2” past the legs on end vise side. It would leave 6” overhang on opposite side. Leg assembly is 4’ long by 23 1/4” wide. Will this be a problem? Top is 4 1/4” thick, legs are 5” by 6”.

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#6 posted 08-02-2020 08:25 PM

I may add a 4” end cap to bench top to get the leg assembly a little closer to centered.

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