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Roubo-ish work bench #4: Leg Vise, Finishing Touches

05-14-2017 05:17 PM by galooticus | 5 comments »

The last major part of the bench was making the leg vise. I’ve been looking forward to this. I had a 4×8 I set aside for this purpose. When trying to decide on the thickness, I couldn’t find a consensus on the internet. One thing I did notice (and didn’t follow :)) is that hardwood seems to be universally used for vise chops, even if the rest of the bench of the bench is softwood. Well, I had this 4×8 ready to go, and it’s not really expensive, so I figu...

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Roubo-ish work bench #3: Stretchers

05-14-2017 04:18 PM by galooticus | 2 comments »

Ah, stretchers. These were made from douglas 4×4s—the B-stock pieces that didn’t make the cut when laminating the top. Compared to the leg-top tenons, this stage was a breeze. As I mentioned in the last blog post, I ditched my old bench and am working entirely on the new bench from this point on. First things first, I put in a single dog hole so I could make use of a hold fast. This is the first time using anything other than irwin quick clamps for workholding. So muc...

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Roubo-ish work bench #2: Legs

05-14-2017 03:38 PM by galooticus | 2 comments »

OK, I left off last time with laminated top, but no legs for it to stand on. The legs are from 4×8 stock; the same old douglas fir: My intention from the beginning was to do the roubo-style double tenons, with the front tenon being some sort of dovetail like thing. I decided to go tenons (tails?) first, then mark the mortises in the top using each individual tenon. To find the tenon length, I measured the thickness of the top and added around 1/8” for fudge room. I agoni...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #8: Joinery: working out the legs

05-10-2017 02:58 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 2 comments »

Mongo’s legs are by far the most complex pieces, except perhaps the vices. They are responsible, obviously, for holding up the table surface but also for tying in the aprons and supporting the lower shelf. Clearances have to be made for the outermost ribs and bonus: there are no 90° cuts! Yay! But this is why I made the gauge in update 6 and it was used extensively. First step was to establish the top of the tenon at the correct angle. This is a through cut but I don’t have ...

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Building my Workbench #9: One Day I Might Finish this Beast!

05-01-2017 12:19 PM by HokieKen | 2 comments »

Man, it seems like each big project takes twice as long as the previous one. Aren’t build times supposed to go down as you get more experience? ;-P In all seriousness, this bench is taking FOREVER it seems. But it’s due to much more limited shop time than I’ve enjoyed in the past. I have learned to be okay with that and cherish the time I have alone with the smell of wood, the “thwack” of my mallet on the chisel and the solid “thunk” when I kno...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #6: The right tools for the job... even if you have to make them.

04-12-2017 06:45 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 2 comments »

I’m a big believer in having the right tools for the job; I’m a process engineer by trade and in my experience the analysis of any given task/process invariably reveals a substandard or nonexistent tool for completion… this bench is no exception. When my attention turned to laying lines for the legs and aprons where 90° was no longer my reference point, I realized I was going to be relying on angle/miter gauges for accurate layout. As I mentioned before, I’ve never ...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #5: Completion of the ribs and a start to the aprons

04-10-2017 02:18 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 0 comments »

This weekend was consumed primarily with installing a dog door and a ceiling/lighting in the breakfast nook off the kitchen of the farmhouse. I did get a couple of hours to steal away to the shop though. “Last picture first” isn’t that what all the cool kids are doing these days? The first order of business was to re-cut the ribs I tried to make on the router table. I used the table saw but I’ve never been very good at (accurate) with a miter gauge nor am I c...

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My Roubo Build #13: Picking it Up Again, For Real!

02-26-2017 09:25 AM by naomi weiss | 3 comments »

Just a quick post to say that I am really building my Roubo! And I mean it this time! The baby is in daycare and the husband has gone to get some lumber for me. I had made a mistake in my ordering, and in the end, my bench will have some kind of an apron ( I know, not really a French bench), and won’t be pretty, but hey, it’ll get the job done, and I will get back to woodworking!! I assembled this workbench from Costco when I was 8 months pregnant. I was pretty disappointed tha...

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Building my Workbench #7: Brief update and vise opinion solicitations

01-23-2017 02:05 PM by HokieKen | 1 comment »

Geeze, I’m really on the ball with this blog huh? Well, unfortunately the pace of my blog updates pretty well matches the pace of my bench build :-( A LOT of family (and just general life) crisis the past couple months have severely limited my shop time. And, I comitted to the toolswap going on so I’ve had to keep up with that too. Soooo, the bench has kinda taken a bit of a back seat. While my shop time is still limited, it is solely focused on my bench now, so I’ve ...

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Roubo-ish work bench #1: Laminating the Top

01-02-2017 05:37 PM by galooticus | 1 comment »

First blog post! I’ve been making shavings for about two years now using this monstrosity vaguely resembling a bench: It’s the most incredible bench ever, measuring in at a roomy 11’ long and 36” high. Has two shelves and even supports a kitchen sink attachment, however the previous owner either didn’t spring for it or took it with them. EVERY surface is curved (great for setting planes bottom-down, no need to worry about the blade dulling) and it rocks...

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