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Blog entry by Pat3 posted 186 days ago 869 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I retired last year and we moved from San Diego to The Southern Oregon Coast, we are renting out the SD house. I purposely left my old workbench in SD to force myself into finally building a new workbench as the old bench was not very good for hand tool woodworking.
I love the design of the Roubo and knew it was in my future. There are no local lumber yards here that sell anything worth using for a workbench, just construction material. In my searching for a lumber source I found a family owned lumber company about 2 hrs away. We took a drive up the coast and found a gold mine for teak and Douglas fir. This is not the material I really wanted, but they sold the DF in large sizes and all the lumber for my new bench only cost $122.
I got two 6”x12” beams to use for the bench top, the legs will be made from 6”x6” beams and the stretchers will be from 3”x6” boards.
I just started planning down one of the beams for the top.

I hope to make some good progress in the next week.



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kenn

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#1 posted 186 days ago

Good luck with the build. I’ve had my Roubo for several years now, and built a couple major projects on it, and I still love it. I’m going to add a planning stop soon and flatten the top before I start my next major project. It handles anything.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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CL810

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#2 posted 186 days ago

I can’ trait to see what you do these slabs.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 186 days ago

It looks like it is going to be solid. Waiting for the next step!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Pat3

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#4 posted 186 days ago

Thanks guys.
I have already dressed the top and mating side (up in the picture) for the first top beam. I have also dressed the underside of this beam, just need to work the side sitting on the saw horses. That side has a deep gouge from the fork lift used to move the wood. I am hoping it lines up with the leg sliding dovetail so I can just cut it out of the way.

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DouginVa

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#5 posted 185 days ago

The price you paid sounds like a steal! $$$$$$

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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Pat3

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#6 posted 185 days ago

Yep, that is what I thought when they quoted me a price over the phone. They took the order with no money down,
“just pay when you come to pick it up”. It took a couple of days for them to cut the pieces to my size requirements.
I couldn’t pass up on the price and size of the wood, even if it was DF. I was happy that I wasn’t going to have to do a lot of glue up to get the size lumber I wanted.

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SawdustDon

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#7 posted 185 days ago

Great looking lumber. Care to share the name of your source? I would love to take a trip to get some myself. Thanks.

-- Don

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Pat3

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#8 posted 185 days ago

Don, it is Oregon Overseas Timber Company, the website is ootci.com
Also forgot to mention that the DF is quarter sawn, free of heart center.
They are just on the outskirts of Bandon, OR

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