Roubo Workbench: I Met the Devil…

by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust

…and he lives in the details.

I thought I would have completed the Roubo workbench by now.  I’m getting close, but these little tasks add up.

Roubo Workbench Shelf

The finished shelf

I did finish the shelf.  I created 1-1/4″ square ledgers and screwed them to each of my stretchers.  These are the only screws found on the entire workbench.  The shelves rest on the ledgers.  I milled up some of my remaining 2 x 12 stock to make 6 shelf boards.  With the shelf boards 4-square, I cut notches in the end boards for the legs.  Then I cut my shiplap joints and fit the boards.  I had to fine-tune the last board to get the fit I wanted.

cutting the shiplap joint

Cutting the shiplap joint with the rabbet plane

shilapped board for shelf

A finished board

I still have to bore out hold-fast holes.  Aside from that, I just need to decide if I will finish the bench or not.  What do you think?  An oil finish will prevent moisture wicking, but might increase the slickness of the top.  I’m currently leading towards BLO.

Stay tuned for the project finish.

You can find links to my other Roubo posts here:  Project Index