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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Workshops and Mobile Vehicle-Based Shops => Topic started by: Jim Kirkpatrick on November 15, 2017, 05:48 PM

Title: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: Jim Kirkpatrick on November 15, 2017, 05:48 PM
I do like and regularly use my MFT but there really is nothing like a Roubo workbench.  I built it for hand tool use but find myself using it more with my Festools.  The top is great for sanding, router work and even assembly but because the legs are flush with the bench top, the sides make an excellent clamping surface too.  Here I am clamping a new door for the house to mortise for hinges and knobset.  It is rock solid.

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Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: live4ever on November 15, 2017, 05:57 PM
That's some good shop p0rn man. 

I've long wanted to build the Ruobo but I'm just not enough of a hand tool guy (in my mind I am though).  Are there any changes you'd make to yours to better mate it with Festool/power tool work?  I've always dreamt of that hybrid Ruobo that handles tracksaw work as well as it does a smoothing plane.

Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: Jim Kirkpatrick on November 15, 2017, 06:06 PM
I wouldn't change a thing in terms of gearing it more towards Festool.  Jameel's design is as near to perfect as could be.  Of course, if I built it today, I would use the new "crisscross" chop vise.  I still might add some more holdfast holes, that is a very handy clamp and easy enough to drill some more holes.
What sets it apart from any other bench I've seen or used, is how stout it is.  When sanding on the tail vise, there is no vibration whatsoever.  Same with hammering on it, no feedback "buzz" of any kind. 

Benchcrafted Crisscross Vise (https://benchcrafted.com/Crisscross.html)
Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: live4ever on November 15, 2017, 06:54 PM
I wouldn't change a thing in terms of gearing it more towards Festool.  Jameel's design is as near to perfect as could be.  Of course, if I built it today, I would use the new "crisscross" chop vise.  I still might add some more holdfast holes, that is a very handy clamp and easy enough to drill some more holes.
What sets it apart from any other bench I've seen or used, is how stout it is.  When sanding on the tail vise, there is no vibration whatsoever.  Same with hammering on it, no feedback "buzz" of any kind. 

Benchcrafted Crisscross Vise (https://benchcrafted.com/Crisscross.html)

Yeah...I've only been drooling over the Benchcrafted hardware for like 5 years now.  Still can't justify the build at the moment - limited space and we may move in the near future.  But I'm always happy to hear positive comments on the design for more than hand tool work.
Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: harry_ on November 15, 2017, 06:58 PM
What bench? I don't see no stinkin bench!  [poke]
Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: MrToolJunkie on November 16, 2017, 12:28 AM
Awesome bench!! I too have a nice workbench with a 24 inch vice up front - my trouble is I usually have it stacked with clutter making it not usable. I think the front vice on yours is a great option.

Did you make the door?
Title: Re: The Ultimate MFT: Roubo
Post by: Jim Kirkpatrick on November 16, 2017, 07:35 AM
I did not.   Home Depot special.  It's for my son's bedroom door.  We live in an old farmhouse and one of the raised panels had split on it.  I removed it when he first left for college with the intentions of removing and replacing all 4 raised panels with new ones.  That was 6 years ago!  Now, he's coming home for Christmas with his new girlfriend so Momma said I better get going and this was a quick fix.

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