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Budget-friendly Roubo-style workbench

I recently finished a split-top Roubo-style workbench with a couple tweaks, including a large 33" long, twin-screw Moxon-style face vise and an integrated t-track. The entire project was completed for $630, including the vise hardware and hardwood for the chops. The rest of the bench is made from approximately 30 2x4s. A complete walkthrough showing the construction and features is on my YouTube channel:

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Comment by JERRY VERSICHELLI on December 8, 2015 at 3:26pm

Fantastic. Well thought out.

Comment by Robert Brennan on October 13, 2014 at 4:12am

HeyI saw your smiling face on LJs too!

Comment by KregRep on October 7, 2014 at 11:10am

This is a beautiful and well-executed bench that should serve you for many years. One of the best parts of building a bench is that you get to enjoy it on every project you build thereafter. Building it increases your skills, and having it increases your abilities and efficiency. Doesn't get much better than that. Thanks for taking time to share all of the details!


Comment by Russ Haynes on October 7, 2014 at 10:20am

Thanks, Jay!  Comments like that from guys that know how much goes into something like that is why I take the time to post this stuff -- nice to get a nod from a real expert.  I hope you're well and staying busy!

Comment by Jay Boutwell on October 7, 2014 at 10:07am

Russ, Excellent bench!!,  and one that will suffice for about any woodworking project.  You have built a "dream come true" for a woodworker's bench. It shows a lot of talent and attention to detail in your craftsmanship.   I liked the build up of the framework using 2x4's.  You are using the same technique on the frame that I recently used in the construction of a large cabinet to house a big router table. I used douglas fir and lot of glue with some pocket screws,   My choice was the douglas fir as it strength is very high.

I really like the two vices and think that they are top of the line for a woodworking applications.  I see nothing that you have left out of this build.  I liked your video as it explained more of the vice system and actually shows more details of the construction.   All in all a very nice project of top quality in the planning and construction.  Thank you for sharing your work.

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