This is going to be less of a step by step tutorial and more a series of tips and a review of what i learned making my workbench. It seems wierd to say that a bench is beautiful but it is.
This design seemed to have surpassing versatility and an aesthetic superiority to every other design.
How to build a roubo split top woodworking bench. After examining many many workbench designs and almost settling on a german style bench i came across the 17th century french workbench of andre roubo. It s big box store syp and sapelle with lake erie toolwoorks maple screws for the vises. The benchcrafted split top roubo bench is largely based on the workbenches documented by french author andré roubo in his 18th century monumental work l art du menuisier the art of the joiner.
We put the finishing touches on it over the weekend and suffice to say things are feeling pretty good right now. When making your base assembly build it so the top overhangs on the ends for attaching vises or other hardware you want. I loved the roubo style bench from the minute i saw it and had to have one.
We developed this plan so woodworkers could build a bench using our tail vise and glide leg vise without having to figure out all the details. Make the front edge of the workbench even with the front face of the front leg. This workbench is going to enable us to do some serious woodworking not just immediately but likely for a long long time the split top roubo workbench.
Our split top roubo bench plan is based on andre roubo s bench from plate 11 of l art du menuisier with the added capabilities of benchcrafted vises. I have had a lie nielsen for about 8 mos and i love it. With the 12 degree angle of the rear legs you should have about a 6 8 inch 15 2 20 3 cm overhang to the rear of the bench top.
Our attempt at building a split top roubo workbench is more or less complete. The split top bench design primarily grew out of roubo s german cabinetmaker s bench documented in volume three of roubo s series. If i ever build a bench this would be what i would strive for.
As i got deeper into the rabbit hole of woodworking i needed a much better means of holding work. I have a friend with a benchcrafted workbench they do occasionally make a sell them and he loves it.