Dan's Blackbutt Roubo Bench #5: Handles: Part 1

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 03-06-2010 01:57 AM 1861 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need to make/have made some handles for the steel rod that functions as the parallel bar stopper. I’ve come up with a few possibilities trying to incorporate the concave, and convex curves of other details on the bench, as well as traditional chisel design. The bench is blackbutt, the vise handles rosewood. I have blackbutt (fiddleback, burl or straight), redgum or blackwood available to use. (Discussion at WoodWork Forums.)

Any thoughts or suggestions?

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 02:43 AM

C, H, and G would be my choice, because they all would accept a quick grip with little eye contact. The other seem to ornate and have a margin of error if not making direct eye contact with. Just my thoughts, nice choice in handle as well.

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 09:18 AM

This bench should be displayed on a turntable for all to see when done. It’s going to be one of the nicest benches around for sure. Thanks for another peak as this projects evolves.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 10:09 AM

I’d go for C (without the end groove), G or H, just like blackcherry. I think the others are either a bit too slight (A & E), too ornate ( B) or not so practical has handles ( D and F).

-- John

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 07:08 AM

Personally I like H. Nice shape with some decorative touches. Looking forward to further entries. I am thinking of starting a Roubo myself and I am really appreciating how you are documenting your journey. Keep it up.

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