Building a Roubo Workbench | Part 3

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In this video series, I am showing you how I made a Roubo Workbench for my final piece at Rycotewood Furniture Centre. This video focuses on the construction of the top including cutting the wedged mortice and how to drill dog holes in 5 inch thick material.

This is not a ‘How-To’ series as I recognise not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to the machinery that I do. However, if you are planning a build similar to this or any of my other projects, please feel free to drop me a question here or on other social media platforms and I’ll do my best to give you a hand!


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My name is Matt Estlea, I’m a 22 year old Woodworker from Basingstoke in England and my aim is to make your woodworking less s***.

I come from 5 years tuition at Rycotewood Furniture Centre and 4 years experience working at Axminster Tools and Machinery where I still currently work on weekends. During the week, I film woodworking projects, tutorials, reviews and a viewer favourite ‘Tool Duel’ where I compare two cometitive manufacturers tools against one another to find out which is best.

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Lets go make a mess.




Gary Christiansen says:

Beautiful bench build!!! I intend to follow your example but am new to this but am game for trying it! What were the overall dimensions of your bench including heighth?

Rodrigo Pessoa says:

thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. Did you just plained the middle of the boards?? so when they glued up won´t be any gaps or glue coming out of it? I wanna a bertha for me! kkkk

Elliot Jokelson says:

Did I miss it or did you leave out the bit where you cut the stub tenon on the back of the bench to accept the mortise for end the cap?

Stumble says:

In the biscuit v domino debate is there a reason you didn't consider dowels?


Matt, what brand radial arm saw is that?

JoshL says:

Great method of drilling the dog holes

Hamza Aqiqi says:

Greetings Matt, liking your videos alot and glad to hear 'mm' instead of 'inch' for once. As English is not my native language, i tend to lose you when you are talking about certain ''parts'' of the bench you are working on. Maybe a showing a drawing?blueprint?sketch?plan? of the workbench and pointing out which part you are working on just then? thank you for this lovely series and all your other videos for that matter.

kind regards


Zoe Summers says:

Why did you use Domino's vs fluted dowels? It's my understanding from another woodworker that the strongest jointing type (biscuits vs dominos vs dowels vs fluted dowels) was that fluted dowels are the strongest of all.

Tyler Franke says:

Great work Matt, you are quickly becoming one of my favorite channels on YouTube. What is the make of Parallel clamps that you are using for your glue-ups? Having the tensioning handle rotate 90 degrees looks like a great feature. Keep up the excellent work!

Robin Kelly says:

I'm going to have to disagree with you on the use of biscuits. They are very strong and they align board very well. Loving the videos up to this point.

John Barduhn says:

So you edited the series in categories – but what was your chronological order of operations? If I were to get your plans, what order would I follow for the most efficient progress – and least likely to F&@! it up 😉 ?

Mark Warner says:

Ash is so dreamy.

Kevin C. says:

In the "biscuit vs domino" debate, aren't the glued faces going to provide all the strength? If you're just using them for alignment, I can't see a difference between the two. (Having said that, if I had a Festool Domino, I'd use it too) Keep up the amazing work!!

Zack Drotos says:

This series is officially on replay in my shop while I work.

Sergio Antonini says:

Hola¡ excelente trabajo. Como puedo obtener los planos y medidas? Gracias, saludos desde Argentina. Sergio

เทพอีหลี says:

how i have leg vise hand wheel style

Steven Rochon says:

Can you please list a link to the glue you used here? Castalite? Is this available in the US, and is it simply similar to Titebond III. Thanks, I've really enjoyed this series.

Steve Pilgrim says:

Great series! Tell me again which woods you selected for top, legs & vises. incredible choices.

StevesWoodCave says:

Fantastic work Matt, all round, including the slick video! Now that you are free, can you come round and help me with mine?!! 😉

One Man Band Woodworks says:

Fantastic love this video series

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