Thursday, 12 September 2013

Roubo Work Bench Finished!


Here's how it measures up.
5' long x 20" wide x 37" high (yes we are taller than in the 18th century!)
Top thickness 5", legs 5" x 3 1/2", vice chop 7" wide x 2 1/2" thick.
Material, 8 cu ft (96 board feet) of German beech, cost £380 (excluding the vice screw).
Weight 105 kg (230 lbs), it felt heavier!
Time to make 50 hours spread over three weeks.
Finish Osmo hardwax oil matt, three coats.
Things I would change? Not much, it looks great and I can't wait to start using it.












22 comments:

  1. Hi David,

    This is awesome looking bench, you should be pleased with it and I am sure it will provide many years of faithful service - to your grandchildren...

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  2. Great looking beach. On the last picture you show a hole that look like the one you have on the top of your othere beach for using your hold fast have you added them to this one or have you keep it the same as the top picture?
    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave, that's very eagle eyed of you! I took the photos then found I had time to drill the holes as well, hence the last shot. There were only five holes needed to take my bench stop and as you say, to take my hold fast. The surface is shiny as I also had time to give it one last coat, it will dry Matt. All the best, David.

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  3. I believe you said at Yandles, you are taking it to the European Woodworking Show, Chris Shwartz will be envious, good luck getting it there though, how much do you think it weighs?

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    1. Hi Mark, I'll have to see how manageable it is! It weighs in at about 105 kg. All the best, David.

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  4. Superb, absolutely love it. I'd expected the cost of the timber to be a lot higher for some reason, perhaps because it looks so thick and substantial.

    Great work.
    David

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    1. Thank you! The bench is not actually that big just 5' long x 20" deep, a baby compared to some of the ones made in the US recently. All the best, David.

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  5. That's a cracking looking bench. I'll soon have the ash for a Roubo bench build and have been been contemplating for a while on its overall length. I reckon having it longer than shorter will allow for larger carcass work. Do you think your your bench would be suitable for larger scale scale work?

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    1. Thanks very much for your comments. The size of your bench depends on how you work, I prefer a two bench approach which means the main bench doesn't need to be that large. Although if you have the space and the muscle you can make it as large as you like! All the best, David.

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  7. Great looking bench, David. I'm looking at various finishing options for my bench and hardwax oil is one consideration. How is this finish holding up on your bench? Why did you choose to use hardwax oil? Could you provide a link to the specific Osmo product you used? Thanks and keep up the great work.

    From across the pond,
    Jeff

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  8. Hi Jeff, The finish holds up well, it's a product I've used a lot. I buy the Rapid version as you can get two coats on in a day, although you have to be quick using it as it starts to go sticky within a couple of minutes. The Osmo code is 3262 for the Matt Rapid, and 3032 for the Satin Rapid. All the best, David.

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  9. Hi David, Love the bench. Can you share the dimensions of the stretchers? Thanks...Lee

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    1. Hi Lee, thank you! The stretchers are 4" x 2". All the best, David.

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  10. Hi Lee. Thank you! The stretchers are 4" x 2". All the best, David.

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  11. Hi David, One more question. What is the distance between the legs in the front (lengthwise). Thanks...Lee

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