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My Roubo Build #10: Self Control

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 05-25-2010 03:04 PM 4929 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Roubo and Research Part 10 of My Roubo Build series Part 11: Minimal Progress ;-) »

OK, who am i kidding? I couldn’t just stay away! I am trying to limit myself, though. So as a reward for studying, i allowed myself to cut a few tenons.

From Roubo SLumber
My circular saw was doing a crap job even though i set it for shallow cuts, and it actually started smoking! So i had to cut the tenons by hand. Way more enjoyable. Again, i love my shark saw! Below is a comparison between the cuts. Can you guess which is the hand-sawn tenon?
From Roubo SLumber

Yep, the one on the right.
When the pieces are arranged next to each other, i am excited for the final thing!
From Roubo SLumber

But something tells me i should have dimensioned the lumber first…

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



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 03:39 PM

very cool progress. you can still dimension the lumber if you haven’t cut the mortises yet. even if you have you could still beef up the tenon later. and since these are the legs/base of a workbench – I wouldn’t over worry about it – just get it as best as you can.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

#2 posted 05-25-2010 03:40 PM

Naomi,
I love my Shark saw, too.
Do I understand you tried the cuts with a circular saw? Not a table saw?
I would suggest you should put a tablesaw on your “want” list!
But, in the meantime, the Shark saw will do a creditable job.
Regards,
Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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naomi weiss

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 03:49 PM

Thanks, Sharon. i have not cut the mortises yet. I am just a bit concerned about gluing the boards up after taking some shavings off and the squareness of the tenons. Good thing i have a shoulder plane!

Don—i think there are a dedicated shark-lovers group! It’s cheap and does the trick! I have mixed feelings about the table saw. I definitely kind of want one, but i am scared to death. Either way, lack of budget keeps me from having to make a decision!

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

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 03:59 PM

Naomi- you have better chance of making those tenons and legs square by milling them rather than leaving them as they are now. although structurally speaking – there’s a huge glue surface for those parts to bind together, so again – I wouldn’t worry about it TOO much. all you want to get is the legs flush with the front of the top. eventually as the wood moves- even that perfect flush fit will shift off a bit – but you’ll still have those legs for what they are designed for – additional surface to clamp workpieces to. they don’t have to be perfect. just have to ‘be there’ :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 04:41 PM

I second Autumn ,if you enjoy hand work do them by hand.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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b2rtch

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 04:56 PM

Naomi, Beautiful job.
I shall buy these saws, the set.
I hope and I expect that your bench will be finished by next spring so that I can see it for myself when ( Ahsem willing) I come to visit you next year.
Last night I drilled the dog holes in my bench.
Shalom.
Bert

-- Bert

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 06:37 PM

It sounds to me like your circular saw doth protest the pink guard! Way to go with the hand-cut tenon!

You cheated, Naomi, and started your Roubo without me!

Not trying to make you jealous, but this past weekend I manhandled ten 12’ long 2×12 boards of SYP. Oi vey! My back doth protest! They are currently cross-cut to more manageable lengths (mostly 8’ and 4’ long) and stickered for a bit more drying. I figure I’ll leave them like that for three or four weeks before I test the moisture again. Oh, and to give my back some time to recover…

Excellent progress on the bench so far, though!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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DoctorDan

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 11:40 PM

Looks good. Good to see you making progress.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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antmjr

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#9 posted 05-26-2010 04:55 PM

Compliments, I can hardly wait to see all the legs in place!
(btw it’s always better to come to a compromise, prohibition produces the opposite effect; at least, as far as Adam and Eva and I myself are concerned :)...)

-- Antonio

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naomi weiss

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#10 posted 05-27-2010 04:41 PM

Purplev—i am not sure i follow.I plan on planing the legs, but i might have been silly to cut the tenons (ie cut 2/3 boards shorter) before hand….

Autumn—good analogy—i honestly don’t know which wins out. Best is choc in the workshop!!

Jim—right on!

Ethan, come on, dude! Hike up your kilt and get to work! ;-) Don’t make me feel guilty! We should find a way of linking our progress—to have a Roubo dialogue whilst we build. That would be sweet. And SO dorky. Hope your back is alright :-/. I contemplated (by that i mean looked on Amazon) getting a moisture meter. They’re like $100! Insane!

Dan (iel?)—Thanks. You know i’m always flipping onto your blog to check out your Roubo, right?

Antonio—well said—and a Scriptural reference and Christian theology joke as well?! We need to hang out!

I really appreciate all the readings and comments—i feel like i’ve got backup here. Thanks, everyone!

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

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 08:48 PM

About Shark saws: I use 10” shark saw blades for my table saw and I am very happy with those also.

-- Bert

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 08:50 PM

Naomi:
Look at the review on moisture meter from harbor Freight and it cost just about 10 to 15 bucks.
If you need one one of us could mail you one.

-- Bert

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b2rtch

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 12:12 PM

Naomi do you still work on your Roubo?
Do find any time to work on it?
I really enjoy “my” work bench.
Shalom.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 08-18-2011 05:53 PM

Dude, woodworking in a skirt? Thats bad aas. Great pic.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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