Well, with the boards for the top cut to rough length and rough thickness, and the general layout for the top decided on, it’s time to start squaring up the lumber and getting ready to glue the top all together. I started out with jointing one face and one edge flat and square on the 6” general jointer. I set up a roller stand to the exact height on both the infeed and outfeed side. It’s time consuming, but squaring all the lumber is probably the single most important step i...
Did the final glueup today. The bench is now completely assembled! My birthday is Monday, so by then I want to have the top flattened. A few other things I still need to do: make the crochet make the leg vise finish it (BLO) install a shelf and maybe a drawer make the Moxon double-screw vise But once I have the top flattened, I’ll consider the bench to be done, really. Picture to come at that time!
It’s been over 7 weeks since my last entry, but it took about that long for the wood to dry out enough. For the first 3 weeks, the wood was drying very slowly probably because it was still cold out here in Denver. In the mean time, I spent some time adding dust collection to the shop and also built this sweet sawbench/sawhorse from Chris Schwarz's design. This gave me some good practice milling up the lumber and also with some finishing. I used the natural Watco Danish oil on ...
So, I took Friday off to work on my bench some and to get away from work. I ended up having a great day and being actually productive too. I got up early just like I was going to work, early in the morning I laid all my mortises and tenons out while everyone was sleeping trying to make the most of the day. I was plenty apprehensive about cutting these mortises because this was all the scrap poplar I had left and all the other mortises I cut in the past had been abominations. I set everything ...
I decided to start out with the legs, so I could get more practice milling the lumber and in gluing the pieces up before tackling the top. The idea with the legs is to sandwich a longer board in between two shorter boards to make a ready-made tenon. Here are all of the pieces for the four legs milled up. You can see some dark streaks in these pieces. Those are where I ran into sap pockets in the wood. I don’t know if that’s bad or not, but it is annoying. I th...
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...
I finally shimmed the brackets on the correct side and added matching shims on the opposite side of the front vice bearing and vola. turns smooth as butter. The front vice jaw is planed and sanded and has bench dog holes drilled in it. The TSV is Done. All it needs is a coat of oil, boiled linsead oil.and it is DONE> You can see the bench dog holes drilled in the apron, it is ready to be glued on to the bench. Then it is time to move the top off the legs, fix the wedged tenons, fli...
This entry is to provide you with some of my background experience. It might help you better understand some of my upcoming design decisions. So let’s go… I started my journey into woodworking land with a Black and Decker Workmate 300. For all its limitations, it was a good tool. Certainly, at the time (early 1980s), it was far superior to any work that I was capable of producing with my skill set. Over the years this poor thing was used and abused, left outside to experience s...
I now have essentially all the wood for the bench, at least the major pieces. I still lack a chop for the leg vise and I am not sure what I want to use for that. The legs have been hanging out for over 6 months and everything else has been around for about 2 months so far. Everything is construction grade Douglas Fir from Home Depot and Lowes. It actually took me a while to gather up all the wood and I feel like I visited just about every store in the Los Angeles area. 1st of all, most...
A year ago I mused about my future Roubo workbench. A month after that I mused some more. Now that I’m planning my lumber purchase (for real this time!), I want to update my musings with a third post. The most significant change to my plans is that I’m planning on using 4/4 for the top, if not for the entire bench. The Schwarz mentioned that this is a good solution for a hand tools-only woodworker since the boards will require less work prior to glue-up. I’m all for les...
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