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YARW (Yet Another Roubo Workbench)

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Blog series by Brett updated 06-02-2012 03:12 AM 3 parts 5226 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Pile of Sticks

04-01-2012 02:13 AM by Brett | 1 comment »

I’m starting to build a Roubo workbench. Nothing original there, but I thought I’d blog my progress. I’m following Chris Schwarz’s descriptions and plans in Handbook Essentials. I purchased the lumber (the equivalent of fourteen 8-ft Southern yellow pine 2×12s) by ones and twos over the winter, whenever I could find good quality boards that were dry, relatively flat, and nearly knot free. The boards have been stickered in my garage for anywhere from a few we...

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Part 2: Glueing up the legs

06-02-2012 02:58 AM by Brett | 0 comments »

The legs pieces have been milled to final thickness, so I glued them up. The boards are 1.25”x5”x36” inches and there are four boards per leg. The finished legs will be approximately 5”x5” and will be cut to length after the bench top is finished. I used Titebond glue and a hodgepodge of clamps. I started by gluing and clamping the two middle boards for 4 hours (recommended for southern yellow pine; I also wiped down the gluing surfaces with acetone be...

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Part 3: Cutting a 10/4 piece of maple for the leg vise

06-02-2012 03:12 AM by Brett | 4 comments »

Several months ago I purchased a 10/4 maple board that was about 10” wide and 120” long. Near the ends there was some bark on the edges and interior of the board, but I still had almost 9 feet of usable wood. Just because I’m a masochist, I decided to use a Japanese-style pull saw to cut the boards (slightly over-long) so they can dry for a few weeks (or months) before I mill them to final dimensions: Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes to cross-cut the board. ...

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