Roubo Hybrid Bench from start to finish #3: Over My Dead Body

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Blog entry by Jamie Speirs posted 05-17-2012 10:19 AM 3970 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, here is the update

Shirley found out about the visit

Now her words were

“Over my dead body your building a bench You

can build a Kitchen first”

Now I’m not sure of other countries but in

Scotland the Over My Dead body is not an

Invitation. LoL

Last week she wanted a shower instaled.

What is wrong with a cloth & basin?

Well here is the planed plank, I think it looks great

pity there is so little of it. The darker piece at the top

has to go.

Now this is my 1939 Wadkin Bench Planer

I’ve sat my Stanley 7 on the bed to show how small it is

I prefer to use the no 7 for jointing, I trust it and it gives

a nice finish. I got this one fae my Faither after competing

my 1st year.

Problem is I dont have a bench.

Well I think I’ll take a leaf out of Mafe’s book and work on

the floor.

No need to feel sorry for me, I went for a carpet for the

Shop, along with central heating it has been the most

pleasant winter in years. :)

Not stable enough. Back to the floor.

Ok I got 13” which with a tool tray will give me a

good size top.

I’m going to use 1/2” draw bolts x3 as I dont think

the timber is stable enough.

Ok, to keep domestic harmony I gave Shirley my card

and let her order her new stove.

Can you believe it, it gets delivered tomorrow!

It should have taken week

-- 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

11 comments so far

View Bluepine38's profile


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#1 posted 05-17-2012 02:06 PM

At least she did not grab the wood for the counter. Sounds like you are both keeping each other happy and
having fun which makes for pretty good home. That is going to be a good looking bench top, I will
patiently wait for the rest of build to be finished. After my beautiful lady bought her new stove, I was
informed that it used natural gas, not electricity like the old one, and would I please hook it up yesterday,
hope yours is easier to connect.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 02:20 PM

well lets see here…im wanting a bandsaw jamie…....and now you have given your lass a stove… feeling a bit blue now, so where is your new bench ordered straight in from england…....with twin screws…and all the bells and whistles…who gave you a card…i want to see jamie in front of his new roubo…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 05:42 PM

Jamie there is a saying a happy wife leads to a happy life r some thing like that .nice bench and untill you get that kitchen thur keep a eye on those cast iron skillets :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 09:10 PM

yep you are in throble we all know that
but dang who wuolden take the chance with such a nice piece of wood for a bench :-)
hope she hasn´t bought an old wooden stove for the kitchen ….. brr scary thought
you better hide those slabs until you are sure she hasn´t

thanks for the update Jamie :-)

take care

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 09:28 PM

All y’all are several degrees off plumb but I sure do enjoy y’all’s comments. I’m a great aadmirer of y’all’s work (projects) too!

You can get more of what you want with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word. Al Capone

-- TNJames

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 11:24 PM

I made a new kitchen Jamie and all we ever do in there is is prepare food and eat, whereas a good shop bench is really useful. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 07:40 PM

Jamie that is one serious piece of wood, I love it, think it’s clever with the rods to strengthen.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 05:27 AM

what a gorgeous piece. would be a wonderful work surface.

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

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 06:22 AM

Linda normally states “Over YOUR dead body are you going to …..”

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 07:31 AM

How on earth did I miss this? I actually like it when my wife wants me to build something nice for the home. I always order too much hardwood, so I have enough left over to make something I want too. However, that is a bit difficult to do with something as big and heavy as a bench. If it was me Jamie, I would go ahead and finish your bench and then demonstrate to Shirley how easy it is to make a sandwich on it. LOL.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 06-05-2012 12:29 PM

Looking fine for sure! You know, my luck I’d later drill a doghole where the rods are… ( Don’t forget where you put those!) :-)

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

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