Roubo #4: 3 bags of chips later...

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 03-15-2009 11:29 PM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started yesterday grabbing all of the appropriate width and length stock out of my stash. I used up nearly every 8 foot piece I had. I could have easily done it with 7 footers, but I decided, if this is the ‘Last bench I’m going to make.’ (until I find a better one) then I ought not to short-change myself.

Here I am midway through the process.

I didn’t take a great deal of photos, because, by the time you’re on LJ, you’ve probably already surfaced rough lumber. My process is this:

1.) Set up jointer, set up infeed/outfeed rollers. Set jointer for a thick shaving, 1/8” or so.
2.) Joint the ‘cleaner’ edge of each board.
3.) Set jointer back to fine shaving, 1/32.
4.) Run the flattest boards through it, stop when you’ve got a clean index face (enough smooth surface that the board can’t twist in the planer).
5.) Set jointer back a big rougher, 1/16
6.) Joint the worst of the lost for an index face.
7.) Push jointer aside, fire up tablesaw (yup, you heard me)
8.) Using TS, rip everything > 4.5-5” wide down to a more reasonable size. (twice this left me with another piece to joint up again.)
9.) Plane just enough to get 2 clean smooth sides.
10.) make pretty stack on top of the jointer, and temporarily clamp them all to keep warpage to a minimum, as I am dog tired and won’t be able to glue up tonight.

So why do it this way? Shop size. Turning an 8+ foot board around in my shop, which is only about 11 feet wide wall to wall, can be a production.

Note that what you see is only about 22.5” wide, when clamped. I still have to pick up the one piece of 8/4 ash I have to buy, for the doghole strip. I knew I could probably get by using multiple pieces of 4/4, but I’ve nearly exhausted my 8 footers, and I think it will be easier to get a single 8/4 board, even if I have to take a little drive for it. (I priced out the local woodcraft and rockler, and nearly peed my pants. They price out 8/4 ash at something like $20/bf. Who on earth would ever buy lumber there?)

I also set aside some thicker 7 foot stock for the stretchers.

Next, I start gluing up workbench chunks. I think I’m looking at around 4 chunks. 3 ~7footers, and one shorter one with the dog holes in it.

Hopefully, I’ll move on to gluing in the evenings this week!

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 11:54 PM

Is it wise to stack all of that lumber on your jointer tables like that?


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#2 posted 03-16-2009 02:05 AM

I promise I will never complain about the space I have for my shop again!!!!

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 03:44 AM

Wise? Well, its a pretty hefty jointer, but thankfully I moved it off after that.

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 02:12 AM

I just finished the glue up for my top and I highly recommend adding one board at a time (or however many your clamps will span) so you can clamp across the joint and maintain a relatively flat surface throughout the glue up. This made it so much easier to flatten the top once I had it together.

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