Roubo #3: Wagon vise, legs and tenons.

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Blog entry by bondogaposis posted 02-01-2013 03:53 AM 3183 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got around to working on the Roubo a little bit more this week. Here’s what I got so far. I installed the wagon vise. This took quite a bit of fiddling to get it working smooth. I don’t know about you but when I get frustrated over something I find it best to just let it go and come back to it later or the next day. Generally a fresh approach makes everything go smoother for some reason.

With the wagon vise done it was time to work on the legs. Here is the glue up, these are a massive 5” x 5” of ash.

After cleaning up the squeezeout I planed them to final size. Then I went on to cut the them to final length. The only saw in my shop that can handle something 5” thick is the bandsaw, but how to support them? They are quite heavy and unwieldy. I had to construct an out rigger for the bandsaw so I could crosscut the legs. Here is what I came up with.

I’m feeding one of them through here.

Next step is to cut the tenons. I’m making the shoulder cuts by hand w/ a Japanese back saw. It went really well, I’m amazed at how well these saw work in 5” ash.

Then I made the rip cuts on the bandsaw.

I finished up the other sides of the tenons using exactly the same process and here are the legs ready to go.

This is where I’m at to date. Next week I’ll be chopping some big mortises for these tenons, stay tuned.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 03:58 AM

Great progress thus far, will you draw bore the tenons?

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 04:38 AM

My goodness those things are massive! This bench will have to be sold with the house!

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 05:01 AM

Awesome bench to be Bondo!

Keep doing the good work.

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 05:47 AM

Thanks for sharing your progress, it looks great.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 06:13 AM

BC, I haven’t made my mind up yet on the draw bore. I’m thinking I will either draw bore blind tenons or wedge through tenons. Hell, maybe do both. I’ll see how the lower frame goes together before I have to decide and how the mortises go in the top.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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