Roubo Inspired Bench #3: Dog Strip, Routing, End caps, plugs

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Blog entry by jusfine posted 05-25-2013 05:44 PM 4214 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did follow the WoodWhisperer’s plans for the dog holes as well as many of the other elements. I reversed the dog hole jig to make one for the dog block which was canted in the opposite direction. The only thing that accomplished was it kept the 3/8” strip on the movable dog block on the same side as the glue-up.

Routing the dog holes went smoothly, lots of sawdust and shavings!

Gluing the thin strip to the routed piece with a full length caul.

Brought in the padauk and covered it to acclimate it to the shop.

Pieces cut and glued up to make up the end caps. I am not fond of the look of the end grain on the traditional Roubo bench, so made the decision to cap all four ends.

Checking the wagon vise hardware for measurements.

Routing out for wagon vise travel.

I used 5/16” x 8” bolts to fasten the end caps to the slab with Dominos for registration. Access holes for the bolts, washers and nuts on the underside of the slab.

Fitting the cap.

I wanted to hide the bolt heads, so created a jig to rout out for the exposed plugs to cover the bolts. First drilled a recess for the head of the bolt and washer to sit flush, drilled the hole for the bolt, then routed for the plug.

Some light planing required to flush up the end caps. Made proud plugs of rosewood scraps, rounded over (pillowed).

Next is installation of wagon vise and further prep for the slabs.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 01:03 AM

Looks like this bench is going to be pretty amazing, and a nice fit in your shop. Lots of good stuff to see in there.

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 02:37 AM

Friggin beautiful

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