My new Roubo #15: Mon Roubo est complet!!!

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 02-23-2011 06:58 AM 2282 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Thankful for small victories...or how to eat an elephant one bite at a time Part 15 of My new Roubo series Part 16: Tools used in the bench build »

What can I say…when the bug bites, it bites hard! I had about 1-1/2 hours after work before I had to be at the gym for Karate. I got busy with my “scrub” plane (heavily cambered iron in an a modern Stanley #5). I spent about 45 minutes in the shop, got the bench almost entirely roughly flattened, and still had enough time to clean up and get to the gym on time.

Well, things went great at the gym (I got promoted! :) ) and came home pretty pumped up. So, I got busy with my #7 jointer plane and before I knew it, the top was flat. I finished up the final shaping on the vise chop and its parallel guide, got the guide and the vise screw installed and voila!!!

I still have a few things to finish up (drill / chop out the mortise for the planing stop, drill the dog holes, and make / install the shelf), but it is for all intents and purposes a serviceable bench. It is finally at the stage where I can use it to finish building itself.

It’s taken 2 months and 4 days of hit-or-miss shop time, trying to grab whatever time I could working around commitments to family, work, and my gym. It’s been a lot of blood, sweat, and almost tears (a few times), but I have a real sense of satisfaction having done this on my own with hand tools.

At this point, I’m going to take a few days off from working on the bench to clean my shop up completely. I’m going to move my old bench into the corner to use for sharpening, glue-ups, etc.

I’ve definitely learned a TON and am thankful beyond words to many people, but most of all to:
- Chris Schwarz for his books, inspiration, and knowledge
- Roy Underhill for his inspiration and knowledge.

I’ve learned pretty much 99% of what I know about hand tool use from Chris’ books, DVDs, and articles; and Roy’s show, books, and articles.

Thanks also to everyone here at LJ. When I was fighting the flu a few weeks back and couldn’t work in the shop, I’d browse through projects and blogs here and get so much inspiration and knowledge. This is the first major woodworking project I’ve completed using hand tools and for the first time since I started a year ago, I feel like I can justifiably call myself a “woodworker”. I know I still have A LOT to learn, but I’m happy to have such a major milestone accomplished.

Here are a few pics of the vise chop being finished:

Pilot holes? Who needs a drill when you’ve got auger gimlets? :)

And here’s a picture of the chop with the screw installed and the finished parallel guide glued into its mortise:

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 02:40 PM

Man I am so jealous. Very nice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 03:11 PM

Phenomenal. Nearly the exact bench I’d build.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 03:37 PM

uuuuh realy a great looking bench
and done unplugged …is fantastic
great work you can be very proud of yourself
finish the rest of it and take a single malt to celebrate
but only one glass ….there is still projects ahead of you :-)

thank´s for sharing it has been a pleassure to follow

take care

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 03:38 PM

Nice build. You are to be commended.

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 06:29 PM

Thanks, everybody!

superdav, I knew you’d appreciate the finished bench. Your encouraging comments on my blog have been an extra push of motivation at times.

Dennis, I don’t drink alcohol, but I did celebrate with a tall glass of orange juice after getting the chop installed last night. :)

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 08:45 PM

it´s okay as long as you remember to celebrate and pad yourself :-)
and having fun is what its all about and I can see you have a lot of it


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#7 posted 02-24-2011 01:59 AM

Great Job Jason! I’m in the planning stages right now and your blog has inspired me to get moving on the building stage. If mine turns out any where near as nice as your I’ll be happy!

Thanks for sharing this one with us all.


-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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