My new Roubo #16: Tools used in the bench build

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Blog entry by JasonD posted 02-23-2011 11:18 PM 1900 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s list of the main tools I used in this bench build:
- a “scrub” plane (a cheap modern Stanley #5 that I heavily cambered the iron on)
- a pair of cheap modern Stanley block planes (LA and regular)
- a cheap modern Stanley bullnose rabbet plane
- a vintage Stanley #7 Jointer plane that I bought off of eBay
- a LV LA Jack plane that I got for Christmas this past year
- a cheap Great Neck brand crosscut panel saw
- a cheap Putsch brand rip panel saw
- a cheap modern Stanley coping saw
- a cheap Great Neck brand brace
- a set of Irwin auger bits
- a 1/4” Diefenbacher mortise chisel
- a 3/4” Diefenbacher mortise chisel
- a 1/2” Diefenbacher paring chisel
- a 1” Diefenbacher paring chisel
- a maple and red oak mallet that I made myself
- LV auger gimlets
- a pair of Groz 8” dividers
- a card scraper
- a rasp

I just wanted to show that you don’t necessarily need “Tool X” to get the job done. We can easily convince ourselves that we can’t start a particular project unless we have a certain special tool; instead of just trying to figure out a way to get the job done with the tools we have.

When I started this bench, if I could have gotten a power planer and jointer I probably would have. But I didn’t have them and couldn’t afford them, so I used what I did have.

I didn’t use hand tools to build this bench because I loved hand tools, but I have ABSOLUTELY grown to LOVE hand tools after building this bench using them. Yes, I want to eventually replace some of my cheaper tools with high quality versions, but I honestly don’t ever see myself buying a power planer, etc. The reason I posted descriptions like “cheap modern Stanley” is because I wanted to show that you can achieve positive results with less-than-premium hand tools. No doubt, this would have been a lot easier with more high quality hand tools, but I was happy to have what I had.

Call me crazy, but I actually ENJOY milling lumber by hand now. Half the fun of building this bench was 4-squaring the individual boards with hand planes. I could put some music on low in the shop and get to work; enjoying the sweet “swish” sound of the plane cutting a shaving from the board.

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 11:29 PM

A fellow handplaner understanding what you’re saying. Learning to use average quality tools only makes you appreciate that tuned vintage Stanley 64 all the more. When my shop’s filthy with router purge, I can’t rest easy until I clean up (OCD). If my floor’s covered with shavings, it doesn’t seem to bother me!

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

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 12:49 AM

well spoken :-)

take care

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 03:43 AM

I have the same issue Bertha and I can hear my radio while I work.;)

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

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