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Blog series by bondogaposis updated 04-14-2013 09:49 PM 8 parts 14791 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: The beginning, top.

01-15-2013 02:26 AM by bondogaposis | 11 comments »

Another Roubo build here. This is something that I really need. My old workbench that I built 30 years ago has gotten a bit rickety for hand planing I have found. I want something solid, so the only thing that moves when I plane a board is the plane. So I have begun to embark on a Roubo build. First step is the glue up. Leveling it up. I decided to go with poplar for most of the top. I have a cheap source of kiln dried poplar. I also think it is kind of soft for this applicat...

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Part 2: End Cap and Glue Up

01-16-2013 02:21 AM by bondogaposis | 4 comments »

Working some more on the end cap today. Finished chopping out the pins on the end cap dovetails. The fit was far from perfect so I had to do a little adjusting w/ a sanding block. Here they are together, hope they mate up! After a bit more fussing I got them to go together, still far from perfect but functional. I’m still fairly new to hand cut dovetails. I glued the dovetails and the front bench strip at the same time, here is the whole glue up. I used Titebond E...

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Part 3: Wagon vise, legs and tenons.

02-01-2013 03:53 AM by bondogaposis | 5 comments »

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 ...

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Part 4: It's got legs!

02-19-2013 12:32 AM by bondogaposis | 6 comments »

I’ve been somewhat side tracked on this project but was able to get a few things accomplished. I was able to the cut mortises for the legs. Massive holes 2 1/2” deep. I had to get a special long pattern bit to able to use the plunge router. I had to make a couple of templates for the routing. The next step was fine tune the fit on the tenons and cut them to length. Once that was accomplished I wanted to rout the slot for the board jack. This is something that I thou...

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Part 5: Stretchers

02-25-2013 02:16 AM by bondogaposis | 2 comments »

I made a little more progress this week. I now have the stretchers cut and fit. The first thing to do is to cut the mortises. It took a lot of fiddling and was pretty slow going with the mortises that are 2 1/2” deep by 3/4”. I could only get away with going about 3/16” w/ each pass that’s a lot of passes to get 2 1/2” deep on eight mortises. Next up was the tenons. These went much faster. Here they are roughed in using a dado on the table saw. I d...

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Part 6: Assembly

03-07-2013 02:10 AM by bondogaposis | 9 comments »

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 ti...

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Part 7: Details, Details

04-11-2013 12:38 AM by bondogaposis | 6 comments »

Time to get back to the Roubo build. I took a vacation to Mexico for 10 days and so my progress took a nose dive. I’m back at it now though. First thing I needed was to make a board jack. I wanted it to be 1 1/4” thick, I only have 8/4 stock that is 1 7/8” thick. So in order to rip it down I had rip both sides on the table saw and finish it off w/ a handsaw. If you want to know if your handsaw is dull try ripping through three inches of 1/4 sawn white oak. The rest ...

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Part 8: It's Done!

04-14-2013 09:49 PM by bondogaposis | 13 comments »

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. ...

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