The Benchcrafted Split-Top Roubo Begins!

Article - October 21, 2011

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Since I first expressed dissatisfaction with my workbench several years ago, I have received numerous requests for a workbench project. My canned response was always, “Sure, some day!” Well, that day has finally arrived. I am proud to announce the next Wood Whisperer Guild Build: The Benchcrafted Split-Top Roubo Workbench. The Roubo is a proven design that will serve as a “career workbench” and will never need to be replaced. Whether you’re into hand tools, power tools, or both, this bench will serve all of your work-holding needs.

The bench and its hardware are, without a doubt, what I would consider “top of the line”. Last year at Woodworking in America, I had a chance to use the Benchcrafted hardware and I was blown away by the quality. I knew immediately that my next and FINAL workbench would include this gear.


Now I’m not going to kid you here folks. As presented, this is going to be a very expensive build. But we are doing everything we can to keep the costs down and the value high. As part of our partnership with Benchcrafted, the hardware is being offered at a special discounted rate for Guild members. The discount is being offered immediately and will be valid up to 6 months after the build is complete. With the holidays coming, I wanted to give folks enough time before and after the build to make their purchases. My recommendation would be to buy the hardware now so that you have it on hand and ready to go for the build in January. And as a special bonus, if you do decide to purchase a hardware kit, you’ll receive a 3-month add-on to your Guild membership. Buy your Workbench Hardware Kit today!


The build will take place in January 2012. Between now and then I plan on having some interviews and events that will help set the stage for this fundamental build. On a personal note, I would like to explain some of what is happening behind the scenes. I plan on building and filming this project well before Christmas. In January, I will release the videos to the Guild every Friday until the project is complete. The reason for this has everything to do with Nicole’s due date being Dec. 23rd. With a newborn in the house in January, I don’t plan on doing much actual woodworking. So you’ll have to forgive me for not building “in real time” on this one. :)

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