My new Roubo #8: Starting on the joinery

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 01-18-2011 06:09 AM 2117 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Continuing to work on the legs, 1 step at a time Part 8 of My new Roubo series Part 9: Leg tenons done »

Because I train and teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu between 4 – 6 nights a week, I don’t get as much time in the shop as I’d like some times. We had a 3-day weekend this past weekend, but I wasn’t able to get any time in the shop on Saturday. Our head instructor came down from Hattiesburg for a seminar and that is an all-day affair with us all going out to eat afterwards and spending the evening hanging out around a fire in the back yard.

I did get to put a good bit of time in on Sunday and this evening after I got back from the gym. I got all four legs 4-squared, trimmed the bottoms, cleaned them up with my LA jack, and finished the evening by marking / cutting the first leg tenon.

This is the first time that I’ve ever cut a tenon this big with saws this big. Not what I was used to with my only past experience being cutting small tenons for cabinet face frames with small dovetail and carcass backsaws. I’m hoping to get one leg done per day over the next few days between work and training this week.

If I can manage to do that, I’ll be able to cut their matching mortises out this weekend. After that, I just have to get the stretchers done and I’ll be able to start using the bench to finish itself (leg vise, shelf, planing stop, dog holes, hold fast holes, etc). If everything goes according to plan, I’m hoping to get the bench completely done by the middle to end of February.

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 06:29 AM

Looks good!

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:48 AM

A bit of a different experience cutting bigger joints!

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 12:20 AM

@BWW, thanks!

@Dez, you said a mouthful right there! My next two projects after this bench is done is a couple of coffee tables and thinking about the milling / joinery for them seems like it’s going to be nothing compared to the work I’ve had to do building this workbench. :)

I got to sneak some extra shop time in at lunch today. I got the tenon cut on the 2nd leg and got the tenons marked out on the last two. I also got the shoulders knifed / chiseled on the last two. So, all I have to do tonight is to cut them off and clean them up.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 03:51 PM

I was about to call you a name and challange you to a fight… but Jiu-Jitsu? Maybe not! I do have a black belt, but it’s leather and has a couple of extra holes poked into it. I am enjoying your blog, though!

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 06:04 PM

lol, no worries there, Jim. I only fight in competition / sanctioned fights and in-class sparring. Feel free to call me all the names you want; my skin is pretty thick. :)

Thanks for checking out the blog.

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