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Bowling Alley Workbench #3: Back to Square1... Committed to new Design - legs are ready.

06-22-2009 04:29 AM by PurpLev | 15 comments »

so After setting on the last design (see previous post in this series) I went out to disassemble the bowling alley laminated top – the purpose was to remove all the nails, so that I can drill the dog holes, and also laminate it in a double stack to give me a 4” top on the perimeter (5” in from the edges – for clamping purposes, and leg attachments). This idea turned to be disastrous. The nails are hardened steel, and twisted making the job of pulling them outridicul...

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Roubo Workbench #2: More Roubo Musings (and Questions)

06-02-2009 05:46 AM by Eric | 0 comments »

There was (and still is) a book called The Inner Game of Tennis, and while I never read it, I remember one of the claims the book made. The claim was that the more one thought about playing tennis (and playing it well), the better one played tennis in real life. The parallels have been drawn in many other sports and indeed, in many other facets of life. So why not woodworking? I am convinced that my workbench will be far better, and the construction far smoother, because of my ruminations. Wi...

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Roubo Workbench #1: Musings

05-06-2009 05:45 PM by Eric | 13 comments »

If you’ve been following my blog you know that we’re moving into a new (to us) house this month, and I’m planning to build a Roubo workbench to christen my new workshop space. Well I’m out of town for a few days and have a little evening free time, so I thought I’d jot down my thoughts as to what kind of Roubo I’d like to build (yes, there are many styles of Roubo!): I plan to have the legs tenoned straight through the top, including the dovetailed out...

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Roubo Bench - Base Completed

05-06-2009 06:25 AM by kenn | 11 comments »

It is time to assemble the base for this massive bench. I gathered some air dried oak that I had left over from wedge stock when making windsor chairs and my drawknife. I carefully took the oak down to 5/16” thick since that was the size of holes I chose to drill to hold this all together. At first, I made the pegs square and cut them to length. Then I wised up and realized that if I carefully split that baby, I could save myself some effort and get 2 sets of pegs from one piece...

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Roubo Bench - She's Got Legs

04-07-2009 10:29 PM by kenn | 15 comments »

It’s time to get some legs on this baby. My son and I started my milling the mostly oak stock I am using for the legs. I glued them up and dressed them up until they came in at a finished dimension of 3 5/8” by 4 5/8”. They are beefy but I want this to be a sturdy bench that’s not going to move and has enough size for whatever project I want to tackle. The top is 23 5/8” wide and looks to finsh up about 9’ 2” long. I settled on 1 1/2R...

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Roubo Bench - sweating

03-11-2009 04:19 AM by kenn | 8 comments »

Ok, here is the hard work and sweat that needs done – the underside of the top need to be reasonably flat. It is 23 3/8” wide by 9’ 5”long. First up is the scrub plane to get rid of a bit of misalignment from glue up. Here is the last of the scrub plane work. Next I used my #5 jack plane with a blade that has a bit if crown on it to get things flat. As I worked, I checked my progress across each side and for wind and marked the areas that still needed work w...

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Roubo Bench - The beginning

03-11-2009 03:50 AM by kenn | 6 comments »

I decided that I needed/wanted a new workbench and after some research, including Chris Schwartz’s book, I settled on the Roubo style. I gave a lot of thought to my work style and needs, and here are my excuses for needing a new bench (just in case my wife decides to check out my lumberjocks page before I get this baby built). My work includes windsor chairmaking so I wanted a Record style vise placed in the end vise postion. I have used this style vise in this location at Mike Dun...

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Roubo #1: Wherein our protagonist drinks the crazy juice, and decides to use 4/4 lumber.

03-08-2009 04:19 AM by Jon3 | 4 comments »

So brief background is that about a 18 months ago, I bought a load of lumber off ebay. While there, I ended up also buying 350 BF of flatsawn white ash for $100. I figured, even if it ends up being ‘test’ pieces and shop projects, it would still be worth it. Fast forward to recently, and I’ve been planning to build a new bench, and I’ve pretty much decided on a Roubo. I picked up the lovely Benchcrafted tail/wagon vise, a german bench screw, and some holdfasts. ...

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