|Birth date: 12-01-39|
|Country of birth: France|
|Date of death: 01-10-91|
André Jacob Roubo (1739–1791) was a carpenter, cabinetmaker and author. Roubo was born and died in Paris. The son and grandson of master cabinetmakers, he earned that same designation himself in 1774 through the publication of his masterwork treatise on woodworking.1
Information is very sparse for the early life of this giant in woodworking and art. Andre Roubo was born in Paris. He was the son and grandson of master cabinetmakers.1
Andre Roubo later received the title of Master in 1770 immediately following his first publication of "The Art of the Carpenter".
He went on to design and lead the construction of the domes of the halls of Wheat and Cloth. In addition to this masterpiece he also built a stair case to the hotel of the 2 Marquis d Marbeuf in the Faubourg Saint-Honore.
He wrote a highly influential complete treatise on woodworking that covers practically all the associated trades. This multi-volume work, L'Art du Menuisier (The Art of the Joiner), published between 1769 and 1774 by the Académie des Sciences, contains sections and illustrations on: building carpentry, furniture making, and precious woodworking (ébénisterie), carriage making, and garden woodworking.
Roubo's design for a workbench has proven to be popular amongst some modern woodworkers.
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