Roubo Hybrid Bench from start to finish #1: Why & With What

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 05-14-2012 05:04 PM 2050 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need a Bench

I don’t have a Bench except for my wee carving one

Many Shop projects have one thing in common

They don’t get finished and get put on hold

I know, I’ve started selecting timber for the bench many times

It oddly becomes part of a customers order

This time however I’m expecting an overseas visit from a fellow



I dont know yet, I only found out today


Well until I find out the date, let me keep that a secret.

So the idea is that I have the bench made for the arrival

of my Lumberjock guest to be the first person to use it

So I’m under no pressure. LoL

LJ’s has so much inspiration, there are so many magnificent

benches on the site, where do you begin

Well with me, it has been by clearing out my old driveway

This is where I found the this piece of timber

It came from a tree that came down in the Rabbie Burns storm

of 1990 (more on that later lest I wander) It is the piece that you

would never use in a piece of cabinetwork

It has everything going against it

It is the downward curved branch (limb sounds better?) at the

lower level of the tree.

It got buried under the main tree and there is so much rot around

it then there is the split

Even my dog Thembi does not think much of it.

Ok I’m going to cut it and see what I get.

in a drizzly Scotland

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 05:13 PM

It’ll be fun to see what you can do with this outwardly difficult piece Jamie. As for the drizzle, isn’t that normal for this part of the world?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 05:31 PM

That is one superb looking dog!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 07:31 PM

now you got me wondering hows the lucky LJ…. definitely looking forward to some visit pictures. good luck on the not-at-all-tight project schedule ;)

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 08:10 PM

Love it! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 09:02 AM

Lovely dog!
And you are a wonderful man, I smile after reading this – thank you.
Will it be made for chair work so you can sit while working? I think it could be super cool to make a wheelchair friendly bench that rocks, this has never been seen I think.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 10:43 AM

I wish we could have some if that drizzle to Florida. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 05:20 AM

You have saved it long enough!

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