RWW 44: The Roubo Undercarriage

Roubo UndercarriageSo you thought I would never get back to Roubo eh? For all of those skeptics out there, this episode is for you. As you all know I had built my legs several months ago as well as my stretchers and they have been sitting off in a corner of my shop feeling lonely and unloved. This week I pulled them out and beat the heck out of them by drilling 8 monstrous mortises and stuffing them with tenons the size of a trashy paperback book. Soon it will be time to mount the top to the legs and not a moment too soon because my Twitter friend Pete Bretzke had a little mishap with his Roubo this weekend that gives me pause considering my bench top is sitting on cheap plastic sawhorses and I have been pounding away on the bench top for a solid 10 hours! Fortunately Pete wasn’t hurt but I am sure he had to take a break to change his shorts!

Anyway, on with the show.

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  1. BlackMacX says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I just watched your putting together of the Roubo legs and have to say it’s a massive bench. I know I read Chris Schwarz’s book on benches and that the plans for the Roubo are in there; but seeing the construction and the size with a person as a frame of reference, makes it all the more impressive. I look forward to the finished bench and would ask that then finished, what would you have done differently if you could have?



  2. fred says:

    i was wondering about that. i am building a similar bench on something that is held together with only about drywall screws. i did not really think your plastic saw horses were any better than my solution and wondered how it was holding up. my bench voices its displeasure every time i work on my roubo bench. hope yours holds up long enough

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