My Roubo Build #2: Ah, Crap--Whinge Fest

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 05-10-2010 09:31 PM 1847 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From Roubo Slumber
This is the current state of my Roubo. I’m pretty embarrassed about that, given that i have had the lumber for a few months now. I have encountered several glitches, besides my doctorate (when it gets in the way of woodworking, that’s exactly how i think of the damn thing).

-First off, i miscalculated the stretchers. Since it’s 2 laminated pieces, one should be shorter than the other, and i ordered 2 of the same size (and shorter at that! the width between each leg).
-This problem was compounded by sensible revelation (though it would have been more sensible before i ordered the bloody lumber) that i wish to make my bench a knockdown version. I’m a student, move relatively frequently, etc. So now if i do knock-down, i have to make the joinery half-lap, so my base just got smaller.
-This is the kicker: i am so annoyed at myself that i am a stickler for details and following directions—the thought went through my head before i ordered my lumber that the top of the Roubo could be made with thicker slabs of wood, thus less gluing (and it’s probably easier to dimension wood when it’s on the thicker side). Instead i went by the book and have loads of these pieces. So basically, i have loads of pieces for the top that i am not sure i can dimension. Why the anxiety about dimensioning?
a) i only have hand tools at my disposal
b) i am not sure i have an adequate workspace upon which to perform this task (nor, for that matter, an even floor)
Here’s a photo of my current workspace:

From Roubo Slumber

-If you look closely, you can probably see why my confidence is shot. See that lumber on the work table? Those are my legs. Well, my bench’s future legs. I completely and utterly banana-boated those things. sigh
Thanks for reading. I feel a bit better that i wrote that actually… :-/

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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naomi weiss

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 09:39 PM

Hmmm…maybe this helps

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 09:45 PM

Welcome to woodworking Naomi! Just kidding, but certainly not a first. If I told you about all the measuring mistakes I have done, you would probably be my age before I finished. Now’s a good time to become proficient with a handplane if you have one or alternately get a nice male student or two nice female students to help you haul it to a cabinet shop for dimensioning. Where there is a will there is a way! (a great cliche’). Either way good luck and I hope it won’t be so long between your bench blogs next time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 11:02 PM

Naomi while you are checking sites you might want to take a look at Bob Rozaieski’s Logan Cabinet Shoppe he is a hand tools only guy and he is building a bench (without using a bench to build it).

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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