Dieter Schmid's Fine Tools

Roubo Workbench, Instructions, Plans, and Videos

This workbench is based on a design by the 18th century French carpenter and author André Jacob Roubo. Guido Henn, the German master cabinetmaker, built it for Fine-Tools.com. Henn has 20 + years of experience as a woodworker, teacher, and has written for a number of woodworking publications. A modern adaptation with high-quality accessories first became possible because of the hardware developed and produced by the American manufacturer Benchcrafted. As Henn built the prototype bench, we also drew up a detailed set of plans and made explanatory videos so that any reasonably experienced woodworker could build their own Roubo-style workbench.

Roubo-Workbench

Instructions with detailed plans
Step by step, Guido Henn guides you through construction process and explains every detail. He covers the various obstacles and common problems involved in builds like this one, so that you can master all of the needed techniques.

We highly recommend that you NOT begin installation without all vise hardware in your possession.

Note: the spindle diameter of the leg vise changed from 1-1/4 inch to 1 inch! Plaese pay attention to this matter when installing the hardware.

The following links will take you to the CAD - files for the Roubo bench, which are in the Vectorworks file format. You must have or download and install a compatible program on your computer to see the files, for instance VektorworksViewer. With a compatible viewer, you can select any or all the bench parts and move, rotate and measure them as needed. This makes the plans very easy and clear to read, and even the smallest components can be examined in detail.

CAD file of this workbench with Crisscross Retro packed as ZIP file - you need to download and extract!

Note: the spindle diameter of the leg vise changed from 1-1/4 inch to 1 inch! Plaese pay attention to this matter when installing the hardware.

CAD file of this workbench with Crisscross Solo packed as ZIP file - you need to download and extract!

Note: the spindle diameter of the leg vise changed from 1-1/4 inch to 1 inch! Plaese pay attention to this matter when installing the hardware.



Video: Roubo Workbench:

Video: Roubo Workbench Leg Vise:

Video: Roubo Workbench Wagon Vise:

Roubo-Hobelbank

Some readers complained that the CAD file provided above could only be opened with Vectorworks and not with the popular programme Sketchup. We’re happy to report that several customers have now provided us with downloadable workbench drawings for Sketchup. You need to have Sketchup installed on your computer to access this file. Many thanks to Lars and Shai!

CAD file of this workbench for Sketchup - from Lars N.

Roubo-Hobelbank

CAD file of this workbench for Sketchup - from Shai G.

Note: We accept no liability for any errors or inaccuracies. It is up to you to check whether all the information is correct, complete and consistent.
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