The Hybrid Workbench

Marc Spagnuolo

The Hybrid Workbench is all about functionality and value. It has everything you'd want from a classic workbench with additional features that will make a power tool woodworker smile. The bench includes a versatile split-top, a plane-stop insert, sliding accessory track, integrated power outlet, knock-down construction, and sturdy yet inexpensive vise hardware. Whether you're a traditional woodworker, a hybrid woodworker, or a modern maker/crafter, this lifetime workbench will be your most valued asset in the shop.

Measures 66" Long, 35" High, and 24" Deep

The Workbench Cabinet shown in some of the photos is a separate project that fits this workbench perfectly. Learn more here. 

  • Starting on December 3, 2021
  • $40.00$30.00

FAQ

What Will I Receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of The Hybrid Workbench Build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What Will I Learn?

  • Selecting a wood for your workbench
  • Constructing and flattening a large bench top
  • Constructing large legs and rails
  • Large-scale mortise and tenon joints
  • Knock-down hardware installation
  • Constructing a gap-stop
  • Constructing various sliding accessories
  • Drilling dog holes and holdfast holes
  • Improving the holding power of holdfasts
  • Painting hardware a more awesome color
  • Face Vise Installation
  • Quick Release Vise Installation
  • Selecting a finish for your workbench
  • Finishing with Danish Oil and Polyurethane

What Will I Need?

This bench is what you make of it. I will provide links to items I used as well as some reasonable alternatives, but you should think about your options and shop accordingly.

Note that his project is up for pre-order early so the list of tools and materials may not be complete at this time.

Materials

  • Approximately 75 BF of 8/4 Hardwood Lumber, 4BF of 4/4 Lumber (minimum)
  • 1 1/4” Dowel – 12” Length
  • 1/4 Sheet of 3/4” Plywood

Tools

  • Tablesaw, Jointer, Planer, Bandsaw, Miter Saw, Router with edge guide, drill press, hand drill, hand plane
  • Wood Owl Auger bit 3/4″ – Used to drill 3/4″ dog holes.
  • 1/2” Up-Cut Spiral Bit – For making mortises.
  • 9/16” Drill Bit (for drilling knock-down bolt holes)
  • 1 3/8” Forstner Bit (for counterboring for knock-down bolts)
  • 1 1/4” Forstner Bit (For locating dowels that join the top to the legs) 

Workbench Accessories & Supplies

Is it still a Roubo?

Absolutely! The primary features of a Roubo include an apronless design, a thick top that negates the need for an upper rail, and a flush front surface. I just made this one a little lighter, smaller, more mobile, and knock-down.

What if I want it to be a different size?

It’s a trivial thing to adjust the dimensions to suit your needs. Want it longer? Increase the length of the overhangs. What it taller? Add some length to the legs. If you need to make major changes to the length and width, you’ll want to adjust the length of the rails accordingly.

Can I install Andy Klein's Twin Turbo Vise?

Andy’s vises require 16″ of clearance between the end of the workbench and the legs of the base. As designed, the Hybrid Workbench gives you a 12″ overhang on the right and a 4 1/4″ overhang on the left. The easiest way to install the Twin Turbo Vise is to simply shift the top to the right. If you make it flush on the left, you’ll end up with a 16 1/4″ overhang on the right. This works, but I think you would be better served by keeping the overhang on the left as designed and simply adding an additional 4″ to the right side of the top, increasing the total top length from 66″ to 70″. Please keep in mind, Andy’s swivel mechanism add-on requires an additional 2″, for a total of 18″ of clearance.

A little history…. Back in 2011 I built the original Split-Top Roubo Workbench which features top-of-the-line Benchcrafted hardware. To this day, the Roubo is one of the top-selling projects in the Guild and hundreds of Guild members have built one. Over the course of 10 years, I’ve had a lot of feedback about the design and many folks are looking for something different: a bench that’s smaller, less expensive, mobile, knock-down, and modernized. As a self-confessed hybrid woodworker (using both hand and power tools) and being the author of Hybrid Woodworking, I too found myself longing for a bench with a few key changes that would suit my personal style of woodworking  a little better. So I set out to make a new workbench that satisfies not only my needs but also incorporates many of your requests, and I’m happy to say I think I nailed it. This bench is truly something special and I hope you enjoy building and using it.

If you’re curious about the size difference between the Split-Top Roubo and The Hybrid Workbench, check out this side by side.

About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.