2015 Roubo Build
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
I’ve been very unhappy with my workbench for quite some time. The MDF top sags due to the weight of the vise. The top is too thin for holdfasts. And the work holding is generally subpar.
I’ve struggled over designs to the point of exhaustion. I eventually settled on the French Roubo with dovetailed through tenons as seen in infamous Plate 11. After much thought, I decided that building furniture was more important to me than a stunning workbench. I dropped the dovetails in favor of stub tenons. This will allow me to build the bench in significantly less time.
There is no desire for rock hard or exotic lumber here. I settled for cost-effective, Soutern Yellow Pine. I had to sort through an entire stack of 2×12’s at the local Borg, but I was able to find enough suitable boards to supply an 8 ft long, 4″ thick top. This left me enough greenbacks in my budget for a Classic Bench Crafted leg vise.
You can find links to my other posts regarding the Roubo build below:
Part 3: Lamination without Lamentation
Part 4: Sketchup to the Rescue
Part 5: Benchtop Lamination Followup
Part 6: Milling the Beams for the Top
Part 7: Sketchup Design Completion
Part 9: A Quick Roubo Build Update
Part 10: When Things Come Together
Bonus: Crap Wood for Good Workbenches