Announcing our December 2011 Workbench of the Month

Adding our December 2011 Workbench of the Month from Lance K. of Sydney, Australia to our Lake Erie Toolworks Blog for ease of access and historical awareness.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Leg Vise, Wood Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Leg Vise, Wood Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Leg Vise, Wood Vise

Good day mate!

This is my school project that’s taken me 9 months to build and I’m very proud of it !!

I made decision to build an an 18th century Roubo French traditional workbench. This design originally was created by Andre J.Roubo, a French cabinet maker and writer. I think it is an ideal format with almost none of downsides or limitations I’ve found on other forms.
Its advantages are numerous. Here are a few:

1. Its simple design and simplicity makes it easy and quick to build.
2. The thick slab top has no aprons around it, making it easy to clamp anything anywhere on it (this feature cannot be overstated)
3. The front legs and stretchers are flush to the front edge of the bench top, making it easy to work on the edges of boards or assemblies.
4. Its massive parts make it heavy and stout. This bench will not rack.

The Roubo bench is capable of doing things I might not be ready to do yet, and when I am, my bench will be willing and wanting .
The Lake Erie Leg Vise is the cherry on top, it gives my bench that finished aesthetic look which is perfect. Thank you for a such a good quality product !! 😀

Lance K. – Sydney – Australia