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March 27, 2013

Roubo Iron Bar Clamp

Well what do you know, it’s a Roubo!  Here is part of the page in Andre Roubo’s work from the 18th century.  Even shows the clamp extension which I first mentioned in Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker originally published in 1981 and available in paperback here.

roubo clamp1

Here are the final iteration of the original with some ‘improvements’ made from the prototype.  Not really improvements more like matching the original as closely as possible.  These two are for the first order that has already been placed and shipped.

Roubo clamp

Slightly longer that the original prototype they just fit in a Medium Flat Rate postal shipping box.  The slight increase in length allows for 12″ between the jaws of the clamp.  The increase in the size of the short bar together with the increased size of the top tab makes loosening the clamp a breeze.

These clamps not only work great but look wonderful hanging on a shop wall.  You can purchase yours here.  Thanks to master blacksmith Mark Schramm for making these and redoing them until we got them right.




  1. These things are popular once again, just sold another pair.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 27, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

  2. Since they’re essentially custom made, will it be possible to order longer ones?

    If this first pair works well, I see more in my future.

    Comment by Chuck Nickerson — March 29, 2013 @ 10:41 am

  3. Chuck,
    Yes they can be ordered in longer lengths, they were made this size to fit a medium flat rate box. The shipping would be more for longer clamps. Let me know what you think, I love mine.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 29, 2013 @ 11:19 am

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