Roubo #6: Assembly

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Blog entry by bondogaposis posted 03-07-2013 02:10 AM 2627 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to get the assembly done today. It was big day. I can see the tunnel at the end of the light! I have been working on the leg vise chop and all of the mortises and holes that have to be cut into the leg as well. This was much easier to do prior to assembling the bench.

Here is the finished chop and parallel glide.

On to the rest of the bench. I cut the pins for drawboring first and set them on the heater. I was thinking that this would make them a bit more pliable. Buy the time I got done with boring all of the holes, 48 in all, the pegs were quite hot. If I held them for more than a second or two, ouch, they burned.

Then onto the final assembly. Slobbered some glue on the tenons slid everything into place and started whacking pins into place, oh what fun. It came out quite well, very solid, and immovable. Absolutely zero racking, I’m grateful for that.

Nothing to do now except wait for the glue to dry. It has been a long haul to get to this stage. Thanks for looking.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 02:14 AM

Looking good…Bondo, but you are speaking in tongues. “See the tunnel at the end of the light” must be some tunnel. : )

Going to be a good looking bench.

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 02:16 AM

I think I watched too many “Fractured Fairy Tales” in my youth.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 03:05 AM

The beast is taking hold, great progress it’s going to be well worth the grind and effort…BC

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 03:23 AM

Aesthetically beefy, now that’s one heck of a bench
Bondo, great job!

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 03:47 AM

What a wonderful bench! I bet you can’t wait to us it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 03-07-2013 08:18 AM

Bondo, it’s getting closer! Good job!
Good to see others at the same phase of the project as you—I’m about to start draw-boring of my workbench, just waiting for leg vise hardware to arrive to fit it into the leg first.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#7 posted 03-07-2013 05:27 PM

Hope you get some strong help when you have to flip that bad boy over.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 07:50 PM

Nice bench, added to favorites, for future reference on my future build

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#9 posted 03-17-2013 10:29 AM

Hey all. For anyone contemplating this ambitious build, there’s a Benchcrafted Glide vise on ebay. I decided to build an Adjustabench instead, which can’t accommodate this vise.

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