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Dang, this Roubo build isn’t cheap!

Posted on February 24th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, Uncategorized. 4 comments

gorilla wood glue on mapleLet’s break things down here so far:

  •  ~200 bd/ft log of hard maple cut by local sawyer: $250.
  • Materials for outdoor drying rack: $80
  • Milling of maple on heavy equipment (4 hrs of machine time): $240.
  • Benchcrafted Bench builder’s hardware kit: $750.
  • Miscellaneous pieces of maple or use of Niangon (estimated): $150.
  • Additional clamps (estimated): $200.
  • Resharpening my tool blades from the hard maple: $40.
  • 2-3 bottles of Gorilla Wood Glue: $0 (thanks guys)

Total: $1,710.


Fortunately, this should be the last bench I build for at least 50 years.

Anyone else want to share their price tag so far?

4 thoughts on “Dang, this Roubo build isn’t cheap!

  1. Going to be right up there with you. Haven’t started my build yet but I’m estimating my lumber costs to be somewhere between $700-800. If I pull in under 2k I think it’ll be a good day, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it’s going to be more likely 2.5k before all is said and done.

  2. Yeah – luckily I went a little cheaper on the wood. Got large Fir beams for $300 total. Plus some cherry in my shop, that should cover my wood needs. Then the BC hardware package for $750 or so. So I’m right around $1k plus. Pretty excited about this lifetime bench.

  3. Really puts the new Lie-Nielsen workbench in perspective, no? Though then you wouldn’t end up with all the clamps, a better relationship with your mill, an outdoor drying rack, the experience of building a large piece of furniture, or Benchcrafted hardware.

    Or fun stuff to blog about. Thanks for sharing your process and experience!

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