Office Roubo Leg Joinery

Each leg has double through tenons that will go into the workbench top. I left the tenons about 1/8 inch proud for handling. Will trim flush after final assembly. The outer tenon has a dovetail shape and is open at its narrow face to create a flush surface between the edge of top, face of leg and face of long stretchers. Pretty cool. 

That matching mortise in the top is pretty fragile. Pushing the tenons home did break out the sharp corners in several places. I patched a few, but mostly left it looking rustic.

Stretchers with faces cut. Upper and lower shoulder still to be created.

The lower stretchers have fat tenons which require double pass with my 3/8 inch spiral router bit. I had considerable burning as that bit (since replaced) was rather fried from previous efforts. The burned walls are not visible when assembled and they can’t impact glue bond as I am not glueing the workbench. Semi-knock apart style. Good joinery and plenty of gravity should hold it sound and stable.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Office Roubo Leg Joinery”

    1. Shawn, if you decide to build a similar styled bench I’d highly recommend buying/watching the Chris Schwarz and Will Meyers recent video (streaming or download only from Lost Art Press). They illustrate hand and variety of power tools for the tasks. Casual presentation full of good “watch out for” and “don’t sweat this” moments. Many techniques are pretty obvious but it helps get you oriented. Well worth the $35 if you are spending the time and money on materials to build a substantial bench.

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