Extreme woodworking bench may need thick woods, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get thick wood for cheap. In fact, an extreme woodworking bench can be built under $200 as long as you can get good quality local lumber. If you can require enough lumber, what’s next is just cutting, gluing, and assembling them to your dream woodworking bench.
But what’s the ideal woodworking bench? Well, they are best heavy, since this type of bench is expected to handle heavy projects. However, making a classing split-top Roubo workbench requires so much time and helping hands. So, what can we do? We can make a simplified option for the plan. Since what makes it cheap but durable is the choice of lumber, a change of design will not cut the functionality of the bench (though the aesthetic will be a bit different.)
- 20 of 2×6 96-inches board
- 12 of Kreg pocket hole screws
- 24 of 10x50mm dominos
- An 80 grit Sandpaper
- A 120 grit Sandpaper
- A 220 grit Sandpaper
- 8 of 5-inches Spax lag screws
- Wood Glue
- Cut the boards according to the plan. Here’s the cut list:
- Legs: eight 1,5 x 30 x 4 inches pieces
- Long Frame: two 1/5 x 31 x 4 inches pieces
- Short Frame: four 1,5 x 18 x 4 inches pieces
- Top: sixteen 1,5 x 60 x 4 inches pieces
- First thing first, glue and clamp every two leg pieces together to make four legs. Then, make two planks by gluing eight top pieces together. For the top, make sure that there are enough clamps to hold the whole thing to make sure the end result is sturdy. After they are glued to place, flatten the top using your tool of choice (planer, router sled, belt sander, etc.)
- (Optional) If you want a lower shelf, cut ¾ x ¾ inch off the long frames and two of the short frames at this point. This cut is called a rabbit and they will be the nook that secures the shelf sheet. Then, just get a plywood sheet and cut exactly to the size inside the legs and put it on top of the rabbit.
- Drill and screw pocket holes the lower frame to the legs. Then, do the same for the remaining short frame pieces. Drill lag screw holes to every corner of these short frame pieces from below. Then, position the top planks. Make sure that a side has 8 inches leftover while the other has at least 13 inches. Plus, don’t forget to leave 2 inches gap in the middle. Attach the top planks with dog holes and we are done!
See? An extreme woodworking bench doesn’t have to be difficult to make. As long as you choose the fitting type of lumber and get them in enough thickness, then the durability of the workbench will be supported by the design. Of course, if you want to stick to Roubo’s blueprint, you can cut joineries and assemble the pieces with them instead of drilling pocket holes.