My morning was taken up entirely by straightening out a snafu with my medical insurance co. and the doctor’s office. What a pain. Sometimes I wonder why I have health insurance.
Anyway. . .
When I did make it out to the shop, I had this cutoff piece of walnut left over from the leg vise chop that was perfect for the deadman. I’m not really done with it at this point, all I did was rip it and cut to length, cut a rabbet at the top and the V groove at the bottom. It fits right in there but I think later I’ll cut a pattern on the sides to dress it up a bit. I don’t have any holdfasts so I’ll wait to drill the holes until I get them.
All that was left was to make the shelf. Yesterday I installed the shelf supports and I had these cutoff pieces left over from making the top that I set aside for the shelf. I picked up a new resaw blade from woodcraft last week after my day of ruining tools described a few posts ago. I got a 3/4” TImberwolf 3tpi blade. Man, this thing cuts nice too. The blade I ruined was 3tpi also but it never cut as nice as this thing does.
So I got the 8/4 maple boards cut up, ran through the planer to 3/4” thick. Set up the dado stack and cut rabbets on each side and even beveled the edges to make the planks look nice. A very nice finishing touch I think.
Well, that’s it for my Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo build. Beginning to end it’s taken me 8 weekends to get it done. Not bad compared to many of these that I’ve read about, although I do have an advantage. My work schedule is 3 days one week and 4 days the next. That means I only work half of the days per year. I pay for it though in that I have a 12 hour workday with a two hour commute. Having 4 day long weekends are very nice to have when I’m working on something like this so I’m able to get a lot done.
I tried to weigh the bench but my scale can’t handle the weight. I’d like to know at some point. The only thing left is to drill dog holes in the top, the right leg, and the deadman, but I’ll wait before doing that. I don’t have anything that uses the holes right now. And eventually I’ll put some oil on it.
Well, thanks for reading, I hope this blog will be of service to someone interested in building this bench. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth it.
Have a great day!
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