Roubo Workbench Class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking

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Did I read this correctly?  ~$5,000 for this class?  P.T. Barnum would be delighted.

No it's this: from their website...


Things you will learn in this class:

• The core essentials of workbench design.

• How to process large timbers, from rough stock to firmly joined.

• Drawboring, the core technique in bench construction (and timber framing).

• How to cut and fit huge through-tenons with a jigsaw and a chisel.

• Strategic placement of holes for dogs and holdfasts.

• Flattening a workbench top.

• Finishing a top – from micro-surfaces to film finishes.

• Installing a leg vise and quick-release tail vise.

Tuition: $795.00 (plus materials $775.00)

Section 081015A: Monday – Friday, August 10 – 14, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Its all relative.  For $4800, If I had my choice between 5 days in a shop with Schwartz, and I go home with a Roubo




5 days in Punta Cana, and I go home with a sunburn.


I'd take the Roubo class.


That's a much better I'd still drink heavily in the evening


EDIT:  Plus working with 24/4 material...that's pretty darn cool.



"The event is limited to 16 participants. 

Update 9/2: We've got 16 participants. Anyone who contacts us now will be put on the waitlist in case someone can't make it. "




$4800 is a week at the Grand Floridian and all of Disney. I'd choose Disney in a second.

The Roubo will come in time. Larger shop first though.


I thought I lost my mind for spending two grand on mine. :unsure:  FIVE grand?  Good Lord.

The confusion was floating around.

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Wonder how the folks attending this class will get their finished workbenches home. By the looks of the joinery the top doesn't appear as if it could be removed. I'd love to attend but with no truck and a cellar workshop wouldn't know to get the bench home and into the cellar

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The definitive "modern" Roubo is still the Tarule bench from the Scott Landis workbench book.  Tarule's top was removeable.  Everything you'd need to build one of these style benches is in that article.  Still not the best bench (in its pure form) for making furniture, but that's peeing into a stiff breeze at this point.


Bob Tarule was a house-joiner and timber framer, fwiw.

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