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Old-Timey Woodworking #5: Build a Roubo Workbench from construction lumber- and learn to use it!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 10-02-2014 07:38 PM 6077 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Old Timey Woodworking with Stumpy Nubs is back! Nearly a year after the first part of the 2X6 lumber Roubo Workbench build, the second part is here! In this episode we flatten the top with hand planes, learn about woodworking vises and a whole lot more!

LINKS:

Plans for the workbench

Stumpy's article about woodworking vises

Video about making a scrub plane

The face vise Stumpy used

The end vise Stumpy used

The workbench wheels

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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 08:23 PM

It must be nice to have a friend like Dave, givin’ ya authentic hand forged plane stops….
My friends just give me grief!!! ;^)

I’ve got the plans for the bench.
However, my procrastination syndrome combined with my lack of motivation….
have intervened and prevented it from being built!!!

Good show as usual.
Looking forward to more….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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StumpyNubs

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 08:44 PM

Who says he GAVE it to me? That plane stop wasn’t free! It cost me several months of begging and making compliments about his motorcycle and dew rag that I didn’t really mean!

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The Box Whisperer

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 08:46 PM

Nice build! Is this your original reclaimed top from the early days?

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 08:51 PM

Stumpy… a very fun video to watch. Roy would be proud of you for wearing a barrette.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 10:15 PM

Great video Stumpy!
That is an outstanding bench with a ton of useful features.
Yer apron looks brand sparkling new and unused. The big flaps over the pockets are very stylish! (but I’ll bet they keep the sawdust out)

Keep em coming

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dave

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 10:30 PM

Stumpy I agree with the Roubo being a utilitarian bench. I to do love to see the beautiful benches being created today. The time, exotic wood and fine joinery are awe inspiring. But in Roubos time the benches would have been built out of scraps and cheaper stock. Granted there cheaper stock would have been one solid piece where we have to do massive glue-ups. It is a tool meant to be used and refreshed to square with planes.
A wonderful show full of all kinds of great information.
Carry on my friend. You are doing a fine job!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 12:42 AM

I gotta build one of these one of these days….......!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 10-03-2014 02:46 AM

Several links there. How about a link to the video stumpy. I cannot see the embedded video, not even on your site.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 10-03-2014 02:50 AM

For Bill & others….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODFf-2ndKl8

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 10-03-2014 03:36 AM

Thanks Randy, from me and others.
Stumpy, I now know what all those hand cut dovetails were for. Good video.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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StumpyNubs

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#11 posted 10-03-2014 12:17 PM

Gfadvm- It is a new apron! I figure the Rockler one I normally wear didn’t look old-timey enough so I bought that one. It’s a really nice leather, I hate to wear it and get it dirty!

Maniac- Took me forever to find that hat. It’s actually not a barrette, it’s an English page hat.

Box- The whole bench is made from old 2X6s my grandfather had in his barn for years. Very hard yellow pine and Douglass fir, and really colorful!

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#12 posted 12-13-2014 02:32 AM

About the leg vise. Is there an advantage to inclining the leg vise, as is shown here? Northwest of Philadelphia is an iron plantation with an old workbench in the shop that has one of these inclined leg vises actuated by an enormous wooden threaded screw. I think it permits one to rest a long board on the floor and clamp it to the bench, the screw being set slightly to the side of the workpiece.

-- Hank in Pennsylania

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#13 posted 12-13-2014 03:02 AM

cobnashine I think in addition to the advantage you describe, the skewed leg vise is that you can have the leg of the workbench assist with the anti-racking device AND not have to run the threaded screw through the workbench leg. It makes construction a lot simpler going through the apron rather than the leg.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#14 posted 12-13-2014 04:09 PM

Right your are, Swirt! Didn’t think of that. Now I’ve got to try it. Will post pictures when appropriate, thanks for the insight. The bench I was talking about is at the Hopewell furnace in Berks County, PA. Found a picture

-- Hank in Pennsylania

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#15 posted 12-15-2014 04:02 AM

cobnashine In the case of the bench in your photograph, that leg vise seems to be slanted because the leg is slanted (at least as near as I can tell from that photo). Unlike the one in your sketch which is on a vertical leg.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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