My Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo build

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Blog series by jasondain updated 12-26-2012 01:27 AM 3 parts 12187 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: Split Top Roubo base construction

12-26-2012 12:05 AM by jasondain | 8 comments »

This is part 1 of my blog on how I built my workbench. The bench is now complete but i’ll be adding the steps i used to build it and lots of photos here so others may benefit from what I learned in the process. Happy Reading! I constructed the base using 8/4 Sugar Maple. I had agonized a bit over the wood selection and considered soft-maple, white ash and even douglas fir as possibilities. I chose sugar maple for its durability as I wanted this to be the uber-workbench and I coul...

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Part 2: Split Top Roubo Base build part 2

12-26-2012 01:10 AM by jasondain | 1 comment »

This is part 2 of my bench build blog. I’ll continue talking about the base construction and how i went about it. Once I had completed the “easy” mortises that were 1/2 inch, I moved on to the 1 inch mortises for the knockdown hardware. I chose to use a template, template bit and 1/2 upcut spiral bit to do the job. I had seen another method used on another blog where the author used a Festool MFS but didnt have the room in my budget for one of those so I improvised. I...

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Part 3: Glide vise build and install

12-26-2012 01:27 AM by jasondain | 3 comments »

In part 3 of my blog, I’ll discuss how I went about building the vice chop and installed the vice hardware. I decided to diverge from the plans at this stage to use a thinner chop and change the shape from the published plans. I used a plane lever cap from my veritas bevel up smoother as a pattern as I liked that shape a bit better. I milled a piece of 8/4 stock as thick as i could leave it and it ended up at about 1 13/16 thick. I decided to leave the bark in instead of out on th...

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