RWW 29 The Roubo: Introduction and Initial Milling

Roubo Top Parts JointedThis will be the first of who knows how many episodes detailing the build of my new Roubo workbench. Today I detail my ideas for the design, and walk you through the initial milling of several hundred pounds of ash.

Lessons Learned:

  • Good infeed and outfeed support is essential when jointing/planing long boards
  • Handplanes make glue ups even easier
  • Proper planning can save you money
  • Furniture is furniture whether is lives in your shop or not: don’t sacrifice quality

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  1. Mark Mazzo says:


    Thanks for the mention in the video.

    For the record, with the jig-saw I usually only cross-cut rough stock – it’s greate for this because it can be taken to large pieces of rough stock vs, taking the stock to another tool.

    As you found out, ripping with the jig-saw takes a fair amount of time. Whenever I rip rough stock, the band saw is my tool of choice. It is very safe, quick and even with poor dust collection it is better than the circular saw in that department.

    That monster board would have been a great candidate for ripping on the band saw as well!

    The Craftsman’s Path

  2. Jay says:

    Hiya – I made a schwarzesque/roubo bench a year or two ago and thought I’d share my experience, though I don’t know how far you you’ve got by now….

    1st off, it’s an awesome bench. The first I’ve made and the 1st proper bench I’ve used. By all accounts it could have been a dud that my inexperience had led me to build without any real idea of how suitable it might be for my needs, but instead I have been enormously happy with it and I keep on liking it more and more. It’s a credit to both the Schwarz and Roubo.


    While the leg vice and crochet are interesting in an experimental archaeology sort of way and certainly work, but they often replicate the same roll and both are inferior in my opinion to a big twin screw and hold downs. I don’t know how two leg vices might fair though.

    I added an end vice and loved it. It’s one of those cast metal quick release/sliding woodwork vices that I added big wooden chops to. I drilled a row of holes aligned with the vice on the bench top so I can pinch work pieces with the vice between bench dogs. Having done so I wish I hadn’t added the planing stop. Instead I could have just continued the line of holes and used dogs as a planing stop (I’d align a dog hole toward the rear of the bench so a scrap strip can be used as a stop securely held by two dogs).

    I also wish I’d positioned the dog holes so that a long tailed hold down fits neatly between the workings of the vice, rather than bashing into them below the table, though perhaps you won’t have that problem with the bench crafting thing.

    The Schrawz bench legs are made by laminating 4 planks together, automagically creating tenons in the process. If I make a v2 bench I’ll laminate 3 chunkier pieces instead.

    I did a funky thing with a shelf below. Can’t remember what it was, but it was funky, planned ahead of time and a teeny weeny bit easier and neater than Schrawz’s retro fit.

    Those few things I think represent the only things I’d much want to alter. Great bench.

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