A shout-out to Mr. Roubo, Moxon and Abraham: Finished Workbench
Every so often, I get to build something that truly transforms my perspective as a woodworker. My latest project, the Benchcrafted split-top Roubo work bench was one of those projects.
Not that the project was technically difficult, although I was faced with a few challenges, including not reading a clearly called out warning on page one of the template instructions to check the scale of your printer. This project started with humble beginnings as a fallen maple tree, then took 2 1/2 years to dry, and another 3 months to complete. It cost me close to $2,000 between materials, clamps, hardware, and large machine labor. It taught me patience, economy of materials and how to deal with a massive build in a small, confined space.
Most of all, as a woodworker, this is the kind of project that makes me want to do more woodworking. Being around the bench is a source of inspiration of what is possible and hopeful of many future projects and growth as an avid furniture maker for decades to come. So because of that, I’d like to thank Mr. Roubo, Mr. Moxon and Mr. Abraham (of Benchcrafted). Below area series of obligatory pictures of the final piece. Time to make some furniture.