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November 27, 2011

Roubo Workbench – For Sale

Because of space restrictions in my shop I don’t have room for this bench so I am offering it for sale.  Just in time for the gift giving season.  This is a fairly faithful copy of an original bench from 18th century France made with American hardwoods, red birch top, maple legs stretchers, storage shelf boards, and the  drawer is constructed of pine with a maple bottom.

Measures 32″ wide, 96″ long, and 36″ tall according to my scale.  All joinery techniques are examples of the original and it is glued together with Fish Glue.  Is fully assembled and comes with chisel rack, crochet, iron hook in wooden dog, holdfast, grease cup [with screw/nail grease {beeswax & tallow}], and dovetailed drawer.

I did speculate as to how the drawer was hung from the bench and I used a method I had done on an earlier bench I made, it is a full extension drawer.  Keyhole and half mortise lock plate.

Price $400.00 US, F.O.B. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shipping to any United States destination estimated to be $11.00 Medium Flat Rate Box.



  1. My sources at U.S.P.S. tell me a medium flat rate box is 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ x 13-5/8″ but I will trust your judgement that it will fit.

    Comment by Tinsmith — November 27, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  2. I’m thinking both your bench price and shipping look a bit low!

    Comment by rc — November 27, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

  3. I think there is a little scale trickery going on here.

    Comment by Trevor — November 27, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  4. It took me a while until I looked at an enlargement of the picture and counted growth rings. Beautiful bench!

    Comment by Luke Townsley — November 27, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  5. that is very good. it will go nicely next to my coffee mug.

    Comment by malaius — November 27, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  6. HA! OK you had me going there, too. Your back must have been wrecked, lifting all that heavy timber. I glanced at the photos yesterday, and wondered why the tenons in the stretcher were so small, and not pinned. Then I looked at the top and thought, now where on earth did he find a board 6″ thick and 32″ wide in birch of all things, and when that starts to move it is going to tear the bench apart. The tenons for the top looked a little sloppy, too. But OK, I thought, the dude has forgotten more about this stuff than I will ever know. Nice one.

    Comment by Brian Anderson — November 28, 2011 @ 2:32 am

  7. I must say, that is the fastest growing birch I’ve ever seen, those winter grain must be 3 inches apart!! I love it!! I’m guessing the price is based on that same scale as the ruler 1/10?

    Comment by Philip R — November 28, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  8. Stephen, you have the strangest sense of humor. One of the reasons I’m such and avid reader.

    Comment by Mason — November 29, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  9. Can I work off the price in labor?

    Comment by Gary Roberts — November 29, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  10. Hah! Glad I came back to take a closer look and read the comments. Nice work!

    Comment by rc — November 30, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  11. Can I pay in USD according to my scale? Love your blog.

    Comment by Harlan Barnhart — December 1, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  12. SOLD

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 5, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

  13. Nice bench! Found this wonderful example of a french bench from a Swedish technical museum made in 1925! All the best

    Comment by Tor — April 25, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

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