Cutting the dovetails on the rails for the assembly table
Corner of assembly table leg and rail arrangement
Assembly table frame
Glueup of assembly table
This is Xantia board, basically a readymade torsion box that will become the top of the assembly table.
Edge detail of the assembly table. Recycled spotted gum decking with fluting detail
Finished assembly table
The oregon timber for my Roubo workbench could best be described as junk, with hindsight. The 6"x6" posts were used in concreting, the planks were full of grit. Boy did I go through some planer blades!
The bottom rail of the workbench was made from two shorter boards joined by a cogged and keyed scarfed joint (Another reference called it a tenoned table joint)
The completed cogged and keyed scarfed joint
Stub rails that will link the workbench to the assembly table by a keyed dovetail joint. A standard MT joint links the rail to the workbench leg. All MT joints in the piece are draw-bored.
A completed MT joint linking a leg to the benchtop.
Boring out the mortice at the other end of the benchtop
Here you can hopefully see the idea. The legs and top of the workbench are mocked-up in front of the assembly table. I do not have enough room in my workshop for a full size workbench and assembly table, so my solution is to make the business side of the Roubo bench and fit it to the assembly table and make a hybrid.
The stub rails fitted to the workbench legs
Cutting the dovetailed motice in the assembly table leg to receive the workbench rail.
Stub rails in place showing the jarrah keys that lock the joint.
The reverse side of the keyed dovetail joint
Cutting coves on the table saw so the rails merge nicely with the assembly table legs
Planing stop and sliding deadman fitted to the benchtop (I am a lefty).
A lump of ironbark that will become the leg vise
The shaped leg vise
The bench easily holds large panels
The finished workbench