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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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Workbench build #1: Part 1: The need for a new, cheap bench

03-20-2017 10:10 PM by RobNPHX | 0 comments »

It’s been about 6 months since I purchased a bench from a discount tool store, and I am in desperate need of something else. The bench is cheaply made, and even for having glued the joints prior to assembly, there is too much sway and movement for hand tool work. The included wooden vise is falling apart, and the wood is cracking. Yesterday, I started to build out a new bench, constructed of Douglas Fir 2×4’s. At less than $3 a board, I couldn’t beat the price. I w...

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New Work Bench

01-30-2017 03:58 AM by 49er | 10 comments »

I started a Roubo bench a few weeks ago. It is starting to take shape. It is fairly traditional. The top is 24×96x6 Ash that I cut and had milled about 4 years ago. I made a desk top out of some of these boards so luckily I had just enough boards to complete the top. The bottom will be poplar. This first picture is of 12 inches of the top being moved by myself to the jointer before the two halves are glued together. Never anyone around when ya need help. Flip it over and do it ag...

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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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Dual Miter Saw station #1: Base cabinets and vac hookup

08-17-2016 02:22 PM by Tooch | 5 comments »

In our shop (like many) one of the most frequently used tools is the miter saw. Coincidentally, it’s also the machine that seems to make the most dust. In order to keep the dust at a minimum, it was time to upgrade our miter saw station. The plan is to purchase a second saw, and have the 2 saws share a long, connected fence. So, I started with building base cabinets to hold the saws: As I previously mentioned, dust was always a big issue in our shop. To help aid in that, I purchas...

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Bench Re-incarnation #1: Next step

04-08-2016 08:31 PM by Paul | 1 comment »

Scabbed together scraps with pocket screws & 1/2 sheet of 1/4” oak plywood. Min-wax pecan stain and satin poly. More red oak cut-offs from other projects destined for drawer fronts and soft maple cast-off from local cabinet shop destined to be the bench base board. I do love making use of hardwood that often finds it way into a burn pile or land fill! I can’t seem to get the hang of correctly titling and linking the related blog entries though.

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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #4: Carcass Finish & First (Unofficial) Use

04-01-2016 11:03 PM by mrhammerstein | 0 comments »

After making the torsion box and carcass I wanted to protect the bench a little. I rubbed in some tung oil finish (two coats I think) and added a coat of furniture wax. For garage use, I felt that would be fine. No need to coat where it won’t be exposed. I haven’t built the riser blocks (whatever they’re called). It brought a little shine to the workbench. My sanding got the best of me and a sanded through the top birch veneer at a lot of the corners, but I’m no...

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YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #3: Carcass

04-01-2016 08:40 PM by mrhammerstein | 0 comments »

Long break, but I do have some updates thankfully. So here’s what I’ll be building in this part. Front Back After the torsion box, it was time to start the carcass. As mentioned before, I went with plywood over MDF out of preference and aesthetics. There isn’t great plywood to be had where I live, but I found a respectable lumber yard with cheaper (and better) plywood than the big box stores. It’s 11-ply, but still has some voids. It’s a good compromi...

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