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My Roubo-style Workbench

Darin Molnar
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:04:22 GMT

[FinishedBench](//muut.com/u/lostartpress/s1/:lostartpress:tXIv:finishedbench.jpg.jpg) I finished up my Roubo-style workbench based on Christopher's latest book plans this month. I build early stringed instruments (harpsichords, violas da gamba, etc.) and this bench was just what the doctor ordered. I cut the 4x6 leg mortises into the top by hand using back saws and used my Laguna 14" SUV band saw with a custom-built jig for the tenons. The legs and stretchers were assembled using drawbore pins and a little glue. The top is not glued and was purchased from Cool Craigslist Guy for $180. The quick-release vise on the end (down by the walnut) was a birthday gift from my wife, purchased at an antique store, and all of the other parts - handwheel, crisscross, etc. - were purchased from Benchcrafted.com and MSC Industrial Supply. Dimensions: Height: 32" Width: 22" Length: 101", including tail vise Top thickness: 4" Legs: 4" x 6" Leg vise chop width: 7 1/2" at the top The finish is a couple of coats of natural Watco Danish Oil and I purchased the 3/4" holdfasts from Black Bear Forge at a Lie-Nielsen show here in Portland, Oregon. I'm making my own dogs using door catch roller balls and 3/4" oak (or ash if I can find it) dowels. A Moxon vise add-on is currently in the works. The four-month (part-time) build process is detailed on my blog at http://MolnarOpus1.blogspot.com. Finally, I had help and guidance from Roger Green, a veteran woodworker, and Darrel Wallen, a journeyman machinist. Thanks again, Roger and Darrel!

Darin Molnar
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:09:17 GMT

Woods used: Fir lam beam, fir, red oak, alder, pine, walnut.

Jason Dean
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:23:37 GMT

Looking Awesome! I especially like your dog retention method.

Darin Molnar
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:48:42 GMT

Thank you, Jason!

Tyler Anderson
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:29:10 GMT

Nice bench!