Dan's Blackbutt Roubo Bench #18: End Caps

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 06-05-2010 08:38 AM 3349 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Back on your feet and looking like a real workbench Part 18 of Dan's Blackbutt Roubo Bench series Part 19: 1 and 3/4 leg vices installed »

So there are two end caps. I made them a while ago. Laminated two pieces of wood. Drilled the bulk of it on the drill press. Tidied it with router and chisels. They will be attached with slotted bolts and captured nuts.

End Cap 1.

End Cap 2.

Unfortunately end cap 2 is not up to standard. It is is about 2-3 degrees out. Which means it is not accurate enough for the wagon vice. The solution, which will have to wait, is a straight edge and a router. However, as I’m seem waiting on my Vesper Tools square… I shall wait for that.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 05:06 PM

Looks like your almost there. I was wondering how you are going to allow for wood movement with you end caps.

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 04:04 AM

The tenons are over sized about 1/4” laterally. The holes are slotted a similar extent.

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 09:15 AM

Looks great. I wish I had a bench this nice, it should serve you for years.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-06-2010 10:04 AM

Daniel, i am glad you posted about this. I have been wondering why ppl put these on benches. Is it like breadboards for benches?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 12:02 PM

Naomi. From my reading and discussing with people about benches, the main reason people opt for a end cap is because they want to use it in some vice configuration (eg. wagon, or end vice.) It does have all the properties of an a normal bread board (namely, reduced end grain exposure, prevention of cupping, aesthetics) and the challenges (eg. wood expansion.)

-- Daniel -

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