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.

Stay tuned!

Hauling SYP

Hauling long, heavy boards in my short-bed pickup always makes me nervous

You can find links to my other posts regarding the Roubo build below:

Part 1: The Tension Builds

Part 2: Jointing and Ripping

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 8: Jointing Wide Edges

Part 9: A Quick Roubo Build Update

Part 10: When Things Come Together

Bonus: Crap Wood for Good Workbenches

Bonus: Jointing Wide Edges by Hand: Companion Video