How much will the total build cost?
Benchcrafted Hardware: Split-Top Roubo Benchmaker’s Package Everything you need except for the wood.
Lumber: Estimate about 150 BF of 8/4 lumber. Once you select the species you want to use, call around for local pricing and use the Board Foot price to estimate your lumber costs. As an alternative, Bell Forest Products has wood packages available for purchase.
*Important* Benchcrafted upgrades their hardware frequently and the current hardware may not match perfectly with the hardware shown in this series. However, the hardware is still compatible with the Split-Top Roubo workbench. You’ll need to consult Benchcrafted’s printed instructions and merge them with what is presented in the videos. We recently published two new videos showing how to install the Crisscross system as well as the latest Glide hardware as a retro-fit in the Split-Top Roubo. If installing these components in a new workbench, you’ll find these videos helpful but you will still want to refer to Benchcrafted’s instructions.
Can a beginner make this bench?
Most of the demands of this project are physical. These big boards are not easy to move around alone. Some skill is required to complete the joinery tasks but if you are good at taking instructions, the videos will show you every single step in the process. There are some folks who made this workbench their very first woodworking project. While this is awesome to see, I think most people will be the happiest building this workbench after they have a couple projects under their belt.
Can I use different hardware?
Yes, but this is not covered in the video series. You can simply ignore the hardware installation sections of the series and instead focus on the particular manufacturer’s instructions. Even without the Benchcrafted hardware, this workbench is a sturdy beast that will happily accept any hardware you choose to install.