Roubo Workbench Class – Nov. 2017

I wanted to update everyone on our Roubo Workbench class. We all survived if you’re wondering why it’s taken so long to hear about it. I will say that it was fairly intense for all 10 days, but the students did leave the classroom with finished benches by 5 pm on Thursday. Please remember that these benches aren’t something slapped and screwed together they are fine pieces of furniture that need to be functional as well as beautiful.

The benches were built using hard rock maple for the top and base. The end cap, sliding deadman, leg-vise, gap-stop and bench dogs were built with walnut. Also, the tail-vise and leg-vise hardware were from Benchcrafted (highly recommended). Here are a number of pictures throughout the building process. If you have any questions about the class or benches you’re welcome to email me at jbschwen@gmail.

Jonathan Schwennesen


Gluing up the tops

Five of the six bench tops all glued

Cleaning the recess for the criss-cross

Cutting and fitting the tenons, the base is put together with the mortise and tenon joint, plus the top of the legs are tenoned into the bottom of the top

Cutting the dog runs, we roughed cut the dog holes then used the router to get them to finished size

Starting to cut the Half-blind, houndstooth and needle point dovetails 🙂

Chopping out the waste with the chisel

We got to see a small barn raising on Saturday

Sixth day of the class, gluing the dovetail, dog run and end-cap


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