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This rock-solid bench is a modern take on the classic French workbench by André Jacob Roubo. The base is an exercise in traditional joinery on a larger scale. It incorporates pegged tenons, wedged double tenons, and an 18th-century timber-frame joint -- a dovetailed through-tenon, with an angled haunch and wedge. The top is of 4-in.-thick solid hardwood with a twin-screw front vise and tail vise on the far end. The entire bench weighs in at about 475 lb., but knocks down so it can be moved by two people with strong backs.


28' wide by 96 7/8' long by 36' tall

  • Scale drawings
  • Detailed cutlist
  • SketchUp drawing
Additional Information
Cover 188
Publication Year 2010
Isbn 978-1-60085-353-1
Author John Tetreault
Format Digital Project Plan
Extra Ever wish you could get a digital project plan that allowed you to customize the design to suit your own needs? Here they are! Digital project plans in SketchUP, the free Google drawing program.

Are there any other advantages? For starters, you'll get your plan immediately. Your digital plan will consist of drawings in PDF format, with detailed, measured drawings and a cutlist. Full-size drawings are included for critical parts and templates. All of the drawings can be printed on a typical consumer-grade computer printer -- the larger template drawings can be taped together or you can take the file on a disc or flash drive (or email) to a local copy center for printing on Arch D size paper. The projects also have written instructions to guide you through construction process. If you want to modify one of the projects, the SketchUp version of the plan will be perfect for you.

Available free from Google by clicking here, SketchUp allows you to manipulate the drawing and make as many changes as you like to fit your needs -- or make more substantial changes to the design. You're limited only by your creativity.

If you need help using SketchUp, visit our blog Design.Click.Build. hosted by Tim Killen and David Richards.

Hybrid Roubo Workbench (Digital Plan)

  • by John Tetreault
  • Digital Project Plan
  • Product Code: TP-FWW61065124
Availability: In Stock
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