My Roubo Bench Journey #4: Cutting the Top

Today, I scraped the leftover glue from both sides of the top:

Then I used the track saw to cut kerfs in both the top and underside of each end. The remaining waste was hand sawn:

Then I used a chisel, a low angle block plane and a rasp to flatten out the ends:

Next up is to flatten the top and underside. I was thinking about NOT installing a quick release vise on the end of the bench. But I figured since I have it, I might as well use it or it will just sit on the shelf taking up space.


you must have a really sharp blade on that block plane.

I am unlikely to build a Roubo but it is fascinating to follow your blog to see you work.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

It is sharp, but the chisel did the Lion’s share of the work. The block plane was mainly used to smooth out the roughness. I have been wanting to build this bench for years and I am excited to get moving on it.