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Roubo #8: It's Done!

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Blog entry by bondogaposis posted 04-14-2013 09:49 PM 1741 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the grand finale. Here I’m doing the final leveling of the top. It was a ton of hand planing and sanding. It’s not perfect but not too bad either. I only sanded to 100 grit, I don’t want a slick surface.

Now onto applying finish. I used a simple mixture of 1/3 MS, 1/3 BLO and 1/3 spar varnish.

Next up is to apply suede to the vise chop and wagon vise and dogs. I used contact cement.

That was the last step and here is the final product.

It has been a long haul, I have been working on this off and on since November. I took time out to make many other projects including most of my Christmas presents and participated in two LJ tool swaps. I’m really thrilled w/ how this turned out and will be putting it to use shortly. I am planning on getting rid of my old bench that has served me well over the last 30 years but is now showing it’s age and has developed the wobbles and is no longer able to claim valuable shop real estate. Thanks for following my blog.

-- Bondo Gaposis



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blackcherry

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 09:57 PM

Wow Ron this is a beauty you should be thrilled, tickled pink and blown away with this new work mate congrats on your fine efforts!!!!

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 10:03 PM

Looks pretty dang good. Congrats on the new addition.

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 12:27 AM

That’s a bench to be proud of. Well done.

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 12:31 AM

nice!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 02:02 AM

Awesome!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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JUC

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 06:13 PM

Very nice bench, one to be proud of.
I am new to this site can you explain the reason for the suede. How thick is it? Will leather work as well?
Thanks!
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 06:22 PM

The suede is to help hold workpieces w/o marring them. The extra friction provided also allows for solid work holding with less vise pressure. The suede is about 1/16” thick, I’m guessing. Suede is the right material here, regular leather would protect the wood but is too slick to provide any help in holding the wood w/o a lot of vise pressure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JUC

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 06:34 PM

Thanks for the information!! Where does one buy suede?
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 06:49 PM

Benchcrafted included the suede with the vises, but you can get it anywhere they sell leather like Tandy.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JUC

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 06:54 PM

I just love the way people on this site help others. I really enjoy being a member and learning so much from all of you.
Thanks again for your help!!
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#11 posted 04-16-2013 01:01 AM

Nice lookin bench, I got me some suede from the local ” quarter store” found a leather jacket, total cost? 0 pennies since I dropped off a couple bags of kids clothes as donation.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#12 posted 05-27-2013 03:24 PM

what a beautiful job,you truely have created a beautiful bench.ive enjoyed looking at all of your work, very nice, and i also love Montana, have a friend in Bozeman..and ive been in Montana quite a few times..beautiful country…and the home of a few Grizzly’s…which im a big fan of…will enjoy seeing your work…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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john2005

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#13 posted 12-10-2013 04:29 AM

Nice build. Just down the road in Msla and starting one of my own. Got a little inspiration from yours.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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