Build Your Own Roubo Style Workbench. (Project Intro and Wood Selection)




In this 12 part series I take you through the massive task of making your own Roubo style workbench from standard construction grade timber.

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Step 1: Step 1: Milling the Bench Top Stock

Step 2: Step 2: Bench Top Glue Up and Pre-flattening

Step 3: Step 3: Cutting the Massive Tenon

Step 4: Step 4: the Endcap

Step 5: Step 5: the BIG Dovetail

Step 6: Step 6: the BIG Dovetail (version 2)

Step 7: Step 7: the Wagon Vice/tail Vice

Step 8: Step 8: the Base Assembly

Step 9: Step 9: the Leg Vice / Leg Chop

Step 10: Step 10: the Final Assembly

Step 11: Step 11: Flattening the Top & Finish

Step 12: Step 12: the Finale (Using the Bench)

If you want to build this bench and would like a set of comprehensive plans head over to for the the sketchup files.



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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Realy nice job ! Love your videos ! Thanks


    3 years ago

    Great job with lots of super ideas that I intend to use.
    One thing that I was wondering about is the way you leave your planes.
    My old woodwork teacher drummed into us that they should always be either on their side or placed on a strip that lifted the blade. The reasons he gave were that it prevented dulling the blade and also avoided possibly nicking the surface of the bench or worktop.
    You don't do that and I am wondering if my old teacher was wrong or you just were never taught that?

    1 reply

    I too was taught that at school but in my workshop life Im not too concerned about leaving my planes flat on a wooden surface, after all it's designed to cut the wood so don't see it doing too much damage to the iron.

    That said on hard surfaces like cast iron and laminate I am more mindful and do try to store them on the side when I remember...