Roubo Workbench Build #5: Milling, gluing and making the pieces - Done!

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Blog entry by Willeh posted 06-30-2013 02:01 AM 3171 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, finally getting somewhere! After weeks and weeks of milling, gluing, milling, gluing, milling gluing and so on, the parts are finally together!

Since my last post, I got all of the leg and stretcher boards milled down, glued up, and planed down to final size, ready to go to start with the joinery and assembly.

I also finally got the top together. I decided on doing a wagon vice on the top, and bought the lee valley vice hardware. The 17 boards that make up the top were glued into 4 sections, and then the 4 sections were glued together into 2 sections, until I had just the two sections to glue up for the middle.

At this point, there was some distorting from the pressures of clamping, that the two faces to be joined needed some work. Now, I’ve never joined anything this long, and this wide, and it certainly was an education. I spent a lot more time planing the edges than I thought I would have to before I had them to a point that I was happy to glue. After a lot of meddling, checking, trying again and then getting back on the plane, I finally got it together.

Now, at this point in my build, I had to do a lot of reorganizing the shop. From many of the Roubo builds that I’ve seen, once you get into the joinery, you use your bench top sitting on workmates for most everything, so. To gain space, the old bench was moved out and the Roubo in progress was moved in.

Now, I haven’t had loads of time in the last few weeks for progress, but working on other things (including building planter boxes for the wife, and finishing the powertool cabinet, seen behind), I’ve been using the bench on the workmates, and already find it worlds better to use.. getting excited about getting it done!

In the next few weeks, I hope to get the bottom surface planed to satisfaction, trim the top (As you can see in the pictures, there’s some snipe gaps, but I did account for that when I did the initial cut to length, so those will be eliminated. Then I can get the legs and stretchers on and start using it as a bench!

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

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 03:20 AM

looking good Willeh, glad to hear you’re not getting discouraged. Remember, you’re learning a lot as you go, and you’re making progress. Looks great, can’t wait to hear about the next steps.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 04:05 AM

Yep… Looking better & better…
... one step at a time…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 06:14 AM

Yes keep up the spirit. I really want to see how it ends out. Good job so far.

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 02:09 PM

Thanks guys! I should mention, a great thank you to Douglas for his help and inspiration on the wagon vice:

Much appreciated!!

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

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