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Roubo Schmoobo- A hybrid approach to that massive dovetailed bench

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Blog series by BigRedKnothead updated 514 days ago 3 parts 8755 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Millin it up, layin it out, gluin it up

534 days ago by BigRedKnothead | 7 comments »

Here’s my attempt at building a Roubo bench (with those sweet dovetailed legs) combining power and hand tools. Many of have us seen Chris Schwarz write about doing this with project all hand tools. I opted for my hybrid ways for a couple reasons: 1) I don’t have the hand tools nor the skill to pull this off by hand yet.2) This is my hobby (a rather involved one). I want to enjoy it. Chopping out morties by hand for days on end doesn’t sound like fun to me. I should also n...

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Part 2: How about them dovetailed legs.

533 days ago by BigRedKnothead | 10 comments »

“Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.” Besides, I try to challenge myself every project. The dovetails/mortises are time-consuming, but they make the bench. After milling up the 8/4(2in)walnut, I picked the best looking pieces for the face/dovetails. In a bonehead move, I milled the walnut exactly the width of the dovetail/mortises. I should have made them a little wider to give myself some play when I had to laminate the legs later. They turned out alr...

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Part 3: Stretchers, Vises, Finishing up

514 days ago by BigRedKnothead | 11 comments »

The difficult dovetails done. But it was far from complete. On to the stretchers:I hogged out most of the mortise with a forstner bit. Then cleaned em up with my mortising machine. That machine is just too slick not to take advantage of. The stretchers are a piece of 8/4, and a piece of 4/4 oak laminated. The front stretch has that peak angle designed to be the runner for the deadman. Unlike other designs, I made small cheeks on my tenon. No other reason than I belive this to be a big factor ...

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