Roubo Workbench Build #4: Slowly progressing.. discouraging?

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Blog entry by Willeh posted 05-23-2013 10:25 PM 2179 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Looking for advice on vices - Also, progress with the top Part 4 of Roubo Workbench Build series Part 5: Milling, gluing and making the pieces - Done! »

Still at it..

Unfortunately I havent had much time to put into it over the past little while, but I’ve now planed and glued up the third of 4 sections of the top, and squared up the first 2 sections on the jointer ready to glue together. Found that I lost too much meat out of the width of the top and had to add in two extra boards to get back up over 20 inches wide…

Think i’ve decided on the wagon vice.. I just love the way they look and function and I think it’ll be better in the long run in terms of how the bench will function within my shop. Much thanks to Douglas, I will likely be following the route he took in his build: as it seems cost effective and functional. I recently saw someone else who managed to get a hand wheel onto the lee valley screw vice and think it would be great to try!:

Really hope to get the top together soon so I can start getting some momentum with this.. I’m about 40 hours in, and 35 of them have been spent milling wood (Good wood + inexpensive = rough). That being said, I’m feeling a touch discouraged as this feels like it is really dragging at this point. It has been a lot of work and not seeing huge leaps and bounds of progress . The other part of this is, is that i’ve go a lot of other stuff on hold while this is occupying 120% of my shopspace.

Oh well.. Hope to be in a better place with this by next week. I’ve got lots of free time this weekend so I would like to see the top finished so I can get into some joinery (the fun part!)

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 12:09 AM

don’t feel discouraged. This is a massive project to undertake regardless of one’s skill levels. I say – don’t stress out on it, and embrace it for what it is – a very rewarding project to work on, big parts, big glueups, big joinery – big big big. takes lots of shop space, takes lots of time – thats just the nature of the beast. capture the moment ,and become one with the build. enjoy it while it lasts, next step is you’ll be beating this one with mallets, “accidentaly” cut it with your saws, gouge it with your chisels…. enjoy it before it’s too late ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 02:54 AM

Go Will Go! I’m sure you can do it. It may take time, but take it one small bite at a time.

-- Joel

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 01:00 PM

Thanks for the support guys! I’ve been so focused on just pushing through it, that I havent really been focusing on how good it has been going..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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