I’ll skip the boring parts, like the glue up of the legs and material choice. I will say that I had intended to build my own designed bench sometime last year. I was sold on a certain author’s idea of an awesome Roubo style bench. I got Paul Sellers’ Working Wood, book and dvd set at Christmas this year, and it completely changed my way of thinking.
But you didn’t come here for ramblings, you want to see pictures…...
There they are, pretty aren’t they. Now time for some pictures of a screw up….
And the repair….
What you’re looking at is the finished product of the legs in the first picture. In the second picture there is the first mortise and tenon that I have ever cut completely by hand. The other two pictures are a boo boo I made.
I f you’ve looked at the plans provided in the book by Mr. Sellers, you will notice that the top rail should have a haunch in the top of it. My legs do not have that feature, not because I couldn’t do it, but rather, I’m an idiot. I mis-measured my mortises and went to cutting. After setting in the first mortise I realized that I had mis-measured. I also noticed by the fractured edge of my chisel, that I would need to implore some machine help, or plan on sharpening 4 times per mortise.
It was at that point that I found out the motor on my drill press was burned out. So I hauled my legs to a neighbors house and did rough boring with a drill press. I made a boo boo on the last mortise of the last leg I was drilling. Somehow, I had an extra pencil line on the leg and I just went to drilling between the lines. That’s what created the mortise next to the mortise. The best fix I could think of was to cut a plug to fill the hole. I implored some newly learned carving techniques to whittle that small block into an appropriate size for the hole.
All in all, I am happy with the results. I wish I had the haunches, but then again, this oak is a lot tougher than the softwood that Mr. Sellers calls for in his book and video.
Thanks again to Paul Sellers for his inspiration and instruction.
-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi