My new Roubo #2: Working on the top

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 12-07-2010 07:38 AM 2427 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Legs...lots of sweat, lots of shavings Part 2 of My new Roubo series Part 3: Laminating the top (part 2) »

One of the things I’m most thankful for about this project is all the lessons I’m learning, relearning, and getting a new appreciation for. Dimensioning the boards for the top 100% by hand has proven to be a lot of work, but I’m loving every bit of it.

Planing these boards has been a real challenge considering that they’re a foot longer than my current plywood + hardboard bench top. I’ve had to be creative and to attack that problem; finally coming up with a good system. Facing challenges and finding new ways to tackle them is one of the things that attracts me the most about woodworking.

The picture below shows tonight’s glue up, adding the 6th board to the previous 5 laminations. Because I’m hand planing them all and I only get a few hours a night to work on them, I’m only able to dimension 1 or 2 boards per day. With the 6th board added today, I’ll have the first 8” or so of the top laminated. That’s about a 3rd of the finished width of 24”.

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 04:25 PM

Nice work so far Jason. I am going through a similar process right now by making a massive roubo by hand without a proper holding system. I have blogged a bit about it at Unfortunately I have had a several challenging non-working issues that have prevented me from completing it. But I hope to have it complete before winter is completely over. Keep at it! It is a painfully long process but as you say, the amount you learn is huge. Learning to flatten a full 6” board quickly was a huge hurtle for me!!

-- James -

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 06:38 PM

James, thanks for the encouragement. I hope to get some time this evening to read through your blog. I skimmed through it this morning and it looks like we both learned a lot of the same lessons the hard way. :)

Hopefully, you’ll be able to get back on track and get your bench finished before the summer gets here!

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