Video: Build a Roubo Workbench Part 11 – Top Flattening and Finish

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 we call the project done by flattening the top using hand tools, and applying a durable finish.

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42 Comments

  1. Great job on finishing the bench.Did we ever find an Australian supplier for the end vice (press vice)?

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  2. the color looks fine.

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  3. i like that finish you put on it. it did not change the color to much.

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  4. Excellent series Jord. I’ve really enjoyed watching the progress and I too quite like the final finish… on camera at least. One question… were you intending to put any supports on the side to compliment the leg vice? This would enable long workpieces to be clamped at one end and supported at the other. I’ve seen similar on other benches… can’t recall where though, sorry.

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  5. Lovely job Jord, looks real good. I like the honey colour myself.

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  6. Shouldn’t one check for twist before starting the flattening process? I Like the end result!

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  7. Great workbench Jord. Whats the song that starts around 10:45?

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  8. Oh to be young again. Starting to level the top at 10:30 and then applying the finish before quitting for the night. Impressive. The mistake on the finish turn out great. Love it.

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  9. Not to bad of a finish…will it darken with age?

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  10. Have been watching all of the vids,great workbench Jords…Mick!!!

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  11. Jord … Very good series … Thanks! I just ordered the plans from your store as a way to support your work.Actually, the deck finish you used looks pretty good. When I built a bench several years ago, I used a concoction of BLO, turpentine, and bee’s wax. Stinks for awhile after you apply it, but it wears like iron, is easy to repair, and nothing sticks to it.

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  12. QUE BIEN QUEDA CUANDO LO ACAVES ME LO ENVIAS QUE ME GUSTA AJJAJAJA

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  13. Just found your channel. Love the bench. I don’t mind the finish a bit but I agree natural wood is nice.

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  14. you sir are great…and i too like the color of the tint in the polyurethane, great video series

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  15. i caught 35 slab bluegills on the same day here in ohio! nice catch!

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  16. Very Nice I am hoping to build a work bench when it warms up here a lot of good advice

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  17. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

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  18. Great job Jordan, thanks for your series videos!

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  19. I’m so glad I came across your channel. Thanks for posting – I have subscribed to both.

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  20. New Jordan Workshop – would love to see a TV series. You come across as genuine.

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  21. proud of all you’ve accomplished jeydonnnn

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  22. Really nice workbench and great series!!! I especially liked you pointing out that it is a “work” bench. I was looking for ideas for a bench that I’m about to build and I was getting too caught up in trying to make it look like a piece art, which is the complete opposite of what a work bench is suppose to be. Thanks for reminding me of that. 🙂

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  23. You missed a chest with a diamond (?) at the bottom of the first parkour
    area, when you turned around in a small alcove.

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  24. Love your work and the bench project but PU varnish on a workbench? Why
    not use linseedoil, or any other oil?
    Oil penetrates deeply in to the wood and stays there to protect the wood
    even when the surface gets scratched. Varnish on the other hand, damages
    easy and looses its protective properties because it dues not penetrate
    deeply in to the wood. It is more of a surface coating.

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  25. Hi Audrey ur awesome one of my favorite you tubers

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  26. hi, Thanks fo all the great vids,I enjoy the way by you coupled modern
    machinery with traditional hand methods on this bench build,very
    informative. look forward to the next project.

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  27. It his very good and put over very well, will be glad to see more

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  28. El Tigre, Wayside, and Angry Beavers still air here in Canada, It’s just
    reruns though.

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  29. Thank you so much for this series. Really helpful information. I will be
    starting my build in few months.

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  30. Its sad watching parents taking advantage of their kids to make poorly
    edited videos to make money on YouTube.

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  31. Why no ”well” in the bench top?
    If you’re working on a piece using tools (as you do) you have to keep
    moving them off the bench if you lie your work piece flat. Whereas, if you
    have a ”well” in the bench they don’t get in the way of the job you’re
    working on. It’s pretty standard over in Britain to have a well on a work
    bench…. Just a suggestion for improvement, not trying to be a smart arse
    arm chair critic.

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  32. Awesome job !! Look foward to more , you do a fanastic job explaining…
    Love the shorts too LOL
    Good Day !

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  33. Interested, as well, in the tool well. What would be the main differences
    in how you would:
    a) attach the top(s)
    b) check for twist/level

    Thanks for all you’ve done!

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  34. so you said everything on your page is free but when I went to get the
    plans it cost money.

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  35. Roubo split top?

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  36. Roubo split top?

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  37. Fantastic job, I’ll incorporate both yours and Paul Seller ideas on my
    workbench that I’ve been planning.

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  38. Great stuff man! Liked the video’s and all the efforts you have put into!!

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  39. Great project,I really enjoyed the whole series thank’s for upload.

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  40. Thinking about picking up your plans for this bench, I just don’t have all the fancy tools for the cuts and the experience but in need of a bench!! And I got my eye on this one, simplest design and well thought out preparation for someone to follow

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