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