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November 20, 2011

Roubo Workbench

Well with everyone building a Roubo workbench, I thought I would make one.  I started today and finished the top, solid slab of birch 32″ wide, 96″ long and 6″ thick.  The legs are maple 6 by 6 inches and just under 36″ tall with a dovetail and rectangular tenon on the ends.  I fit up one leg today and should finish most of the bench tomorrow.

I still have to rebate the stretchers, tenon them off and mortise them into the legs.  Then some leg holes, holdfast holes, crochet, grease cup, drawer and chisel rack.  No vise on this one.

Kind of fun, and a fair amount of work.



  1. Wow. Where does one find a 32″ wide, 6″ slab of birch? Can’t wait to see pictures of this one.

    Comment by Jamie Bacon — November 20, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  2. Wow, Stephen!!!! I’ve been at it for two weeks with reclaimed timbers. I’m WAY behind you!!!!!

    Comment by Vic Hubbard — November 20, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  3. Wow! Maple legs and birch top! Are the legs laminated or solid?

    Looks to be a solid workbench in the making.

    Comment by PhilM — November 20, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

  4. Where did you come across a slab of birch that big in Utah? I ask because I’m in Utah also and I’m in the middle of building (very slowly I might add) a modified Roubo. Can’t wait to see the pictures!

    Comment by Jeremiah R — November 20, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

  5. Incredible what those Utah winters will do to a man!

    Comment by Gary Roberts — November 20, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  6. I just checked, no it’s not April 1. I wanna see that slab of wood!

    Comment by Luke Townsley — November 21, 2011 @ 12:15 am

  7. I’ll be starting my Roubo this winter, but I couldn’t find one large slab like you. I did find some nice 6×8 Douglas Fir. I’ll be gluing up 3 of these for the top.


    Comment by Mike Lingenfelter — November 21, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  8. So you been readin Bob Rozaieski’s mail?

    Comment by Jack E — November 21, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  9. Are there any particular species that will cause rusting of tools if the wood is used to make a toolbox. I am planning on a solid wood toolbox along traditional lines but I have been warned by old timers that certain woods can cause the tools to rust, rather than protecting them.

    Comment by Paul Fallert — December 12, 2011 @ 11:14 am

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