Video: Build a Roubo Workbench Part 1 – Milling the bench top stock

In this video series I show you how to make a solid Roubo workbench on a budget using readily available timber and hardware.

In this video I show you the process I use to prepare the stock for lamination using the skip planing method.

Original Build Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8j8X4dFdvU

 

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36 Comments

  1. I have never thought about running my 2×4’s thru my thickness planer width wise. I always use the table saw. I run 2 or 3 glued up but never 1. This is my first time seeing it done on video. Thanks for sharing. I like table top glue ups. Looking forward to the next video.

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  2. The snipe most people get on their thicknesser might be a good reason to delay cutting to length until after the flattening process. That looks like good construction timber – where do you source it? I doubt if it will be Bunnings! 😉 Also where do you source a 120×45? Bunnings definitely do not stock that. I am getting a bit worried about the $300 budget – by my calculations we are already around $170 with the hardware yet to come…

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  3. I love this project Jord. I do have one question though. The skip planing made sense except that since you are running one edge on the jointer already, wouldn’t it be easier to simply rotate the board 90 degrees and run the board on side, then go to the planer and run the 2 opposing sides?

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  4. Thanks Jord for the great upload look forward for the next one..

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  5. Jord How many CFM are you using there in the shop?

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  6. Hardware will be under $100 🙂

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  7. It does if your boards are completely twist free, but if there is any twist at all you will generally find that the board will become quite tapered, especially at the ends, meaning you need to take even more material off before the two faces are parallel, meaning you will need more boards to make up the lamination. (

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  8. LOL you’ll use $50 worth of glue! 😉 Just be sure I’ll be counting every penny – ha ha ha

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  9. about 2800cfm from memory

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  10. I doubt it, $49… Maybe, but $50 certainly not!

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  11. Maybe it’s just me but this one and last weeks don’t show anything, blank screens. If I go to an older one they work just fine.

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    • Are they working now?

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  12. wow! that is a lot of cfm is that a 7 1/2 hp motor then? And what vac are you using to get that? and is it 440 3 phase?

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  13. Jordan,
    Thanks for the videos.

    There is a problem in the playback window. The video window only shows me the left two-thirds of the video, so some of the video controls are missing. Before the video starts playing, I can’t see the right end of the bench. I’ll continue to watch because I like your stuff, but I know I’m not getting the whole picture, literally.

    Thanks again.

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    • Thanks for letting me know Russ, It should be fixed now

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  14. I dont know if I am doing something wrong but I cannot see all of your video. One third of the pcture is not in view. right hand side is being blocked by

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    • Thanks for letting me know, Im not sure what was going on, but for some reason the playback size was defaulting to a massive size.

      It should be fixed now.

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  15. Maybe it’s because I’m on my ipad but I see nothing. If I go to youtube it’s fine. I will check on our Mac when I get home. Thanks for addressing it.

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  16. wanted to make a workbench out of hickory..but boy howdy almost 3 grand for the wood,opted for southern yellow pine,used 2×4 for the 2″ top by knocking off the rounded edges on a table saw.all joints are draw bored and pegged,only hardwood i used was for the screws and vise handles..wanted to build it using no metal fasteners. roubo..the only thing the french got right..lol

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  17. Wow! You got some serious machinery.

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  18. You may have already covered it. Do you have a review on your AEG compound mitre saw? Really keen to get one to upgrade from my sliding GMC. Would love a Festool. But wouldnt we all? 😉

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  19. Hi, what kind of wood do you use for the table top, please? Pine?

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  20. Yeah, on a budget after a million dollar investment in equipment.

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  21. is it doable without planer or jointer? what are the alternatives to do the bench without those two?

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  22. Did anyone notice at the end that I hit my chin on the barrel

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  23. Lol guida would beat gregor.

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  24. Just curious about the F-clamp on the thicknesser’s gearbox!

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  25. “..On a Budget”. $10,000+ worth of machinery is not on a budget. Just sayin. Cool video nonetheless.

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  26. Really enjoyed this video, well done. Can’t wait to see your channel grow!
    Xxx

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  27. Coming from a person who is just starting to get into woodworking, excellent video and thank you!Is that just plain old pine?

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  28. I would like to buy the plans if they are still available.

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  29. I don’t think I would be using soft pine to make a workbench. However,
    to each his own.
    By the way it’s metre, not meter. The latter is US spelling and your
    Aussie, right?

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