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Roubo-ish Workbench #6: draw-BORING is anything but

02-10-2013 02:16 AM by John | 9 comments »

my first adventure into the wonderful world of DRAWBORING was a great experience. it was not difficult and the results are amazing. drawboring is pegging a tenon into a mortise with the peg-hole in the tenon shifted slightly toward the shoulder causing the peg to tighten up the joint I used red oak 1/2” dowels from lowes. I took my time going through all their stock to choose the straightest grain dowels. the ideal would be to make my own from riven white oak, but the red oak work...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #4: Cost & Weight Estimate

01-30-2013 03:11 AM by grfrazee | 3 comments »

I’m sure there are those of you interested in how much this thing weighs and (more importantly) how much it cost to build. A quick volume estimate puts the total amount of wood at ~5 cubic feet. Considering an average specific gravity of about 0.60 (range for SYP is 0.54 – 0.65, and the hickory is more than that), the weight is: (5 cu. ft.)(62.4 lbs/cu. ft.)(0.60) = 187 lbs So, the wood alone is about 190 lbs. Factor in the weight of the vise hardware and the many metal...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #3: (Mostly) Finished Tail Vise

01-28-2013 05:00 PM by grfrazee | 3 comments »

Previously, I had run out of time to complete the tail vise on my workbench: This weekend I finally got the time to remedy that situation. I started off by routing the dog holes in one of the boards, then gluing up the leg vise block. The dog holes are spaced at 3” for versatility. Then I needed to figure out what to remove for the various pieces of the vise hardware. Some time was spent with the adjustable square to figure out the recess locations. Note: the measureme...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #2: Finished Leg Vise

01-28-2013 03:35 PM by grfrazee | 8 comments »

I finally got some shop time this weekend and had a chance to complete my leg vise. After my last building session, I had left it basically functional, but lacking a couple bells and whistles to make it really nice. The first addition was a guide wheel on the underside of the parallel guide. I bought another plastic wheel from Woodcraft and mounted it below the guide. It looks like it could become an ankle biter, but I haven’t run into any problems yet. It’s only pock...

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Roubo-ish Workbench #5: stretcher tenons and dry fit

01-20-2013 08:46 PM by John | 11 comments »

happiness is a tight tenon! first rightsideup dry fit… finish line in sight! still need to deal with the overhangs, finish the chop, chamfer the arisses, drill, drill, drill, flatten, finish, etc.

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YAR! - Yet Another Roubo #1: Getting material, making the legs and stretchers

01-10-2013 04:52 AM by Douglas | 9 comments »

I know there are a lot of Roubo workbench builds posted in the last few years, but I have no apologies for adding another to the pile. Why did I start this? Mainly because my current bench is totally inadequate. It is a “weekend workbench” I’ve used for a couple of years now, built before I really understood what I wanted or needed. It is made with 4×4 and 2×4 pressure treated legs and stretchers, a laminated MDF top, 2’ x 5’ in size. It has a face vise...

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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #1: 80% Complete

01-03-2013 02:53 PM by grfrazee | 10 comments »

I was fortunate enough to be able to take off Christmas week and get a good start on my workbench. I’ve had the idea to build one in my head for a few months now, and have been slowly accumulating the parts and hardware necessary. My intention was to make it possible to take the bench apart and move it with relative ease since I will be moving it from my dad’s shop once I have a shop of my own (side note: apartments suck). I used southern yellow pine, special ordered from Men...

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Roubo-ish Workbench #3: Paul Sellers poor man's router plane

12-30-2012 10:54 PM by John | 4 comments »

working on the legs, 8 4×4s lined up chopping dados with my old POS craftsman chisels. router plane idea from Paul Sellers… http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DB_2a_FwjAgk worked like a champ!

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My Take on a Woodworking Bench #1: Sorting through the pile

12-28-2012 11:32 PM by Class1E | 4 comments »

I started work on my bench today. I’ve had the Douglas Fir purchased from Home Depot waiting for this in my basement since July, so it should be well acclimated. Of course i would love to have a hard maple bench, but I want to learn on something a little more…economical.The boards in the photos are 2×8x6’, cut at the store from 2×8x12’ boards. That was necessary in order to fit them in my car. Six feet is about the max with the pass-through ot the trunk o...

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Roubo-ish Workbench #2: new design (final) construction under way

12-24-2012 03:28 PM by John | 2 comments »

and the top is being glued up…

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