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Roubo Workbench #5: The Legs and Stretchers

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-10-2012 10:53 PM 5786 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Constructing the Top Part 5 of Roubo Workbench series Part 6: The Leg Vise »

I have neglected this blog, but I still have tons of photos of this build, so I thought I should post them. Since we all like pictures more than text, I have a good photo-to-text ratio. :-)

Each of the legs is constructed by laminating two 8/4 pieces of beech together. I knew that chiseling out the mortises was going to take considerable work, so I decided to make four of the mortises by cutting dados in the the pre-laminated legs on the table saw. Here’s a photo of the dado/mortise.

Cleaning up the dados/mortises with a vintage Stanley 2” chisel

Now to glue the legs together.

I also made the tenons for the legs on the table saw. You’ll notice that one leg is bigger than the others. This is because I wanted the leg at the leg vise to be beefier.

Okay, completed legs, with all the mortises chiseled/sawn and the hole for the leg vise.

I chamfered the bottoms of the legs using the router and my moxon vise.

Now to make the stretchers. I also cut the tenons on the table saw.

Attaching the stretchers to the legs; you can see that I also used drawboring to hold them firm. I used dowels for the pins and just cut them to length and sharpened the front end with a utility knife

And here it is—- the legs and stretchers ready for the top. Wow, look at all the sawdust on the floor! Now all I need to do is attach the top.

FYI, You can see the completed bench here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"



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Mauricio

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 01:31 AM

Pretty cool man, Did you drawbore the tenons into the tops too? Also, how did you attach the end caps?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 02:42 AM

Yes, I did draw-bore the top in place. It’s not going anywhere, even if I wanted it to. :-) Plus now I have couple hundred pounds of jatoba sitting on the shelf of table because I had no where else to store it.

The caps are attached with dowels and glue. Probably not the most ideal method but I was trying to finish it while on xmas break. Otherwise I would have dove tailed them in place. I don’t think wood movement will be an issue, but if it does, I should be able to saw off the caps with relative ease. I have a picture around here somewhere.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 12:59 PM

Nothing worng with that Brandon. I think with a laminated top like yours the end caps are just for astetics any way. Its should be very stable.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 01:19 PM

Very beefy.

It’s funny, I love the veritas saw when I see it in someone’s shop…it’s just ugly in the catalog.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 01:34 PM

RG, yeah, I love my Veritas saws but I do admit they aren’t nearly as nice-looking as the classic backsaw design. Still, they cut great! Maybe they should put the saws on the cover of the Lee Valley catalog because whatever is on the cover always looks so sweet!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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