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For a woodworker who’s had the parts for up to three disassembled barns stacked on his property at any one time, it’s no surprise that John Tetreault would tackle a workbench of this size and scope. An avid collector, and user, of antique hand tools, Tetreault enjoys building with reclaimed lumber, wide boards, and oversized timbers. When not laying out the pages of Fine Woodworking as the magazine’s associate art director, John enjoys painting, bronze sculpture, and raising his own chickens in a backyard coop.
Produced by: Ed Pirnik; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Gary Junken
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August 7, 2012
Follow along as Fine Woodworking's John Tetreault builds a hybrid Roubo workbench with a timber-frame soul.
Learn how to scale-up your joinery skills for some super-sized tenons in episode one of the Hybrid Roubo Workbench.
Learn how to craft three distinct tenon styles: stopped tenons, wedged through tenons, and a beautiful dovetailed tenon that brings your workbench leg assemblies together with a tight-fitting wedge.
The workbench begins to take shape as the leg assemblies are glued together and the dovetailed mortise and tenon joinery is test-fit.
Learn how to tackle a large-scale top with slow-setting glue, plenty of patience, and an army of clamps. It's the latest video in our series on building a Roubo-style workbench.
Learn how to use templates to rout perfect mortises as the hybrid Roubo workbench base is finaly joined to its maple bench top.
Learn the basics of bench vise installation, plus, how to construct your own vise handle, bench dogs, and a sliding deadman that's great for supporting long stock.
John Tetreault uses handplanes to perform the final flattening of the Hybrid Roubo Workbench top before moving into his home shop.
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