Work Bench Build #15: Update

Here’s another ten items finished, only about a dozen to go.

Roubo Work Bench “to do,” list and, assembly order.
^ ^ equals completed work. ^ ^

^ ^ Clean and dust workshop. ^ ^
^ ^ Research styles and types of workbenches. ^ ^
^ ^ Research building and installing hardware. ^ ^
^ ^ Draw up plans. ^ ^
^ ^ Decide on types of wood. ^ ^
^ ^ Decide on types and number of Vises. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase wood for bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase wood for legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase wood dowel for bench dogs. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase “C” clamps. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase bar clamps. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase plane. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase long shank chisel set. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase sharpening stone. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase table top Thickness Planer. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase hand saws. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase and install additional lighting. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase brill bits, brad point. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase drill bits, table top holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase 1 1/2" router bit for final flattening. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase tail Vies assembly. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase Face Vise assembly. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase Leg Vise Assembly. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase wood for temporary workbench. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase respirator for breathing sawdust safety. ^ ^
^ ^ Build bench to build a bench. ^ ^
^ ^ Start a blog on a woodworkers forum for advise on the build. ^ ^
^ ^ Build bench dogs for temp bench. ^ ^
^ ^ Repair and install old leg Vise on temp bench. ^ ^
^ ^ Build crisscross for temp bench leg vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Arrange workshop to allow space for new benches. ^ ^
^ ^ Rack wood for 4 weeks to acclimate. ^ ^
^ ^ Set up mitre saw fence. ^ ^
^ ^ Adjust miter saw. ^ ^
^ ^ Build tool rests for miter saw. ^ ^
^ ^ Build wood stop for miter saw. ^ ^
^ ^ Set up table saw Fence. ^ ^
^ ^ Adjust table saw. ^ ^
^ ^ Build centre marking gauge. ^ ^
^ ^ Repair #7 jointer plane. ^ ^
^ ^ Sharpen all tools. ^ ^
^ ^ Lay out bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Trim bench top to length. ^ ^
^ ^ Arrange boards crowns and crooks and twists. ^ ^
^ ^ Cut back right bench to allow for face Vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Lay out tail Vise parts and design wagon system. ^ ^
^ ^ Build tail Vise wagon and channel. ^ ^
^ ^ Trim tail Vise in decorative wood. ^ ^
^ ^ Install tail Vise and adjust sizes for smooth operation. ^ ^
^ ^ Trim to size bench top end boards. ^ ^
^ ^ Cut centre boards to create plane stop block holes, split down the centre. ^ ^
^ ^ Mark all boards numbered and orientation. ^ ^
^ ^ Cut boards to create mortises for legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Cut legs mortises. ^ ^
^ ^ Mock up legs and bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Sand legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Shape and Sand wagon vise chop and adjust for free movement. ^ ^
^ ^ Evaluate progress and adjust timetable. ^ ^
^ ^ Chamfer leg bottoms ^ ^
^ ^ Measure and trim plane stop block holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Locate & Purchase Stretcher wood. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane stretcher surfaces to size. ^ ^
^ ^ Measure & cut stretchers to length. ^ ^
^ ^ Mock up stretchers & legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Router top deadman mortise groove into bottom of left benchtop. ^ ^
^ ^ Router bottom deadman convex “v” groove into bottom of left stretcher. ^ ^
^ ^ Router top deadman mortise groove into bottom of right benchtop. ^ ^
^ ^ Router bottom deadman convex “v” groove into bottom of right stretcher. ^ ^
^ ^ Rabbit edge of stretchers for shelf thickness. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase crisscross. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase dowel for draw bore. ^ ^
^ ^ Build plane stop block. ^ ^
^ ^ Install plane stop block. ^ ^
^ ^ Build batten for bench dog holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Build crochet crook. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up left side first 4 bench top boards. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up right side first 4 bench top boards. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue mortise grove stops on left side bottom of bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue mortise grove stops on right side bottom of bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up left side next 3 bench top boards. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up right side next 3 bench top boards. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane left side benchtop top using planer. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane right side benchtop top using planer. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane left side benchtop bottom using planer. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane right side benchtop bottom using planer. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue benchtop halves together maintain as much level as possible. ^ ^
^ ^ Hand plane bench top bottom surface. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase carpenters Vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Build carpenters Vise chop. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill pilot dog holes for carpenters Vise in benchtop. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue up stretchers. ^ ^
^ ^ Build and install deadman top groove stops. ^ ^
^ ^ Mortise & tenon stretchers & legs. ^ ^
^ ^ Build leg Vise chop including decoration. ^ ^
^ ^ Router mortise into leg and chop for Leg Vise crisscross. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill holes into Leg and Chop for Leg Vise screw. ^ ^
^ ^ Router mortise into Leg Vise for screw retaining nut. ^ ^
^ ^ Install leg Vise chop and crisscross. ^ ^
^ ^ Build carpenters Vise chop & install. ^ ^
^ ^ Router & Install carpenters Vise from bottom. ^ ^
^ ^ Router & Install face Vise from bottom. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill dowel holes in legs for draw bore joint. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill dowel holes in stretchers for draw bore joint. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue legs & stretchers together. ^ ^
^ ^ Install and glue base to bench top in final shop location. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase Lag bolts. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill holes on all corner edge joints and install Lag Bolts. ^ ^
^ ^ Glue or fill any cracks or separation in the bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Hammer in dowels into draw bore holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Install wedges into top mortise & tenon leg joints. ^ ^
^ ^ Plane benchtop side face boards flush with leg faces. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase plywood to match stretchers. ^ ^
^ ^ Build bottom shelf by laminating plywood. ^ ^
^ ^ Trim & install bottom shelf onto stretchers. ^ ^
^ ^ File the plane stop block holes inside edges. ^ ^
^ ^ Install wooden dowel bench dogs. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill all bench dog holes the rest of the way thru the top. ^ ^
^ ^ Install dog holes in Face Vise chop to match bench top dog holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Install the crochet crook in front left face to the left of leg Vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Trim end boards on tail Vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Install Purple Heart inlay around carpenters Vise base. ^ ^
^ ^ Purchase dowels for lag bolt holes. ^ ^
^ ^ Plug lag bolt holes with dowels. ^ ^
^ ^ Install tail Vise chop retainer under the bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill and install lag bolts on board ends. ^ ^
^ ^ Replace lag bolts on carpenters Vise. ^ ^
^ ^ Build a deadman. ^ ^
^ ^ Install the deadman. ^ ^
^ ^ Router face Vise deeper from bottom. ^ ^
^ ^ Build face Vise chop & install. ^ ^
^ ^ Install rails and stretchers under bench top. ^ ^
^ ^ Drill holdfast storage holes in right front leg. ^ ^
Install dog holes in carpenters Vise chop and benchtop.
Build a router sled.
Router the top surface flat and level it using a router sled and rail system.
Build a deadman seat.
Install the seat.
Router or inlay any decorative Purple Heart accents.
Purchase 2 brass bench dogs for the tail/wagon Vise.
Purchase 2 Gramercy holdfasts for bench dog holes.
Final sanding.
Apply water based nitro cellulose finish.
Enjoy years of woodworking.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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15 Comments

Madts ...

Man this is driving nuts. You have to finish this thing so that you can relax on the dean man seat.
Absolutely a wonderful job so far.

3fingerpat ...

It is looking sweet, congrats on your progress so far, not much to do till it is all finished.

Thorreain ...

Ya just a few things left now. Here’s a couple more pics, better angles.

Moment ...

That list made me dizzy………enjoy….yes .

lanwater ...

It’s looking better and better every time you update the build!

shipwright ...

That is one pretty bench.

Thorreain ...

Thanks all. I’ve been working on it since I came home from camping, and it feels great to finally use it. I sit behind it everyday now, and am starting to do other projects now and I just love using it. I should have made this 30 years ago. I have used every Vise on it already, and even the crochet!

Mike40 ...

A dream bench for sure. Looks fantastic!

Steve Oz-DIY-Handyman ...

This is by far the most impressive DIY workbench I have seen so far.
Great work!

Thorreain ...

Thank you Mike and Steve.

Thorreain ...

Thorreain ...

Added the Keifer idea seat today. It’s not quite the same but boy howdy does it work fine as kind.

Thorreain ...

Getting ready to router the top flat & level.

Thorreain ...

My sanding crew arrived today,

Thorreain ...

It was great having the grandkids around to do some sanding. Everything below the benchtop. It was phenomenal hearing the 3 palm sanders running in unison, they cycled in harmony. Each of the boys went thru 6 sheets of sandpaper, about 45-50 mins. I love the fact that I can pay them in frozen yogurt. Now all I have left is to plane the top and apply the finish.