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November 25, 2011

Roubo Workbench build day four, finished except for the finish

A long day today but I finished the Roubo Workbench, I have yet to put a ‘finish’ on the bench tomorrow, Moses T’s St. John’s Oil, a coat or two.  I finished the dovetailed drawer, half blind on the front and through on the back, in pine.  The bottom is a single piece of maple, feathered on the edges and inserted in the groove on the sides and front.

As I said before all of my material was to dimension before I started, hence the speed with which I finished this project.  All joints, dovetail mortise and tenon were glued with Fish Glue.  Here is a picture of all of the parts for this project.

Grueling work, big pieces and I had to bend over a lot.  But I am happy to get the job done.  I will now put it up for sale.  Here is the finished bench.




  1. Hmmm… some very interesting grain on that lumber.

    I might interested in purchasing your Roubo workbench, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some pictures of it in use. Just to get a better idea of the scale.

    Comment by c — November 25, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  2. That’s a terrific job, Stephen, and faster than mine by a factor of 135.

    What do you plan to store in the drawer?

    Comment by Wilbur — November 25, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  3. Incredible workmanship! So good I think it should be in a museum, behind glass!

    Comment by Gary Roberts — November 25, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Very nice “Roubette”!

    Comment by Village Carpenter — November 25, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  5. That’s insane! Even with everything already dimensioned. I’ll FINALLY be glueing up my top tomorrow and starting the base. Then I have to build an alter. Could you send me a head shot, Stephen!?! Really amazing!!

    Comment by Vic Hubbard — November 25, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  6. I can’t even think of build a simple bench that fast much less a sweet roubo like that.

    Comment by Joe H — November 26, 2011 @ 1:35 am

  7. It’s a joke, it is a tiny model.

    Comment by James — November 26, 2011 @ 1:57 am

  8. Nice build. And sure I’d like to see something else to get an idea about the size too. Somehow it just looks like it is only 4 inch long. That doesn’t distract from the nice workmanship though.

    Comment by Kees — November 26, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  9. Come on everyone, it’s a miniature. Steven’s measurement’s must be to scale. Beautiful little bench, Iove it.

    Comment by james oliver — November 26, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  10. I hope it’s a miniature or i’ll look rather foolish.

    Comment by james oliver — November 26, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  11. People forget that Stephen lives in Utah. The thin air up there causes peculiar visual disturbances and changes in perspective

    Comment by Gary Roberts — November 26, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  12. Roubo workbench finishedHere is a picture of the Roubo workbench with a linseed oil/turpentine finish.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 26, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

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