Roubo Inspired Bench #5: Getting closer - finally getting the slabs on top of the bench, & an orange dog or 2

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Blog entry by jusfine posted 05-25-2013 09:51 PM 2661 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The rails have been assembled, legs attached to the cabinet, a little clean up and should be ready to mortise for the slabs.

It appears I have some corrupted images on my memory card, so may not be able to post any of the photos of mortising or attaching the slabs through the rails with the SPAX type screws. Slabs have been fastened to the top with one screw at each end, there is a 2” gap between the two sections.

I wanted a wide enough space to be able to use a Bessey K clamp to hold down material if needed.

After having the slabs sit on my sawhorses for a couple weeks while I worked on the other pieces, I was worried they might twist (saw how careful Marc was with his and he ended up shimming and planing down a fair bit in one corner. After screwing them down tight to the rails I can almost slide a piece of paper under one slab; otherwise everything lines up perfectly!

If I wanted to get fussy with it, I could loosen the screw, put a piece of paper between the rail and the slab.

I had allowed an extra half inch for trimming the leg vise flush to the top (at least that was the theory), in reality, I have about 1/8” (if that much) to trim up. Noticed a little more checking on the end grain of the padauk, most should be taken care of by rounding over of the top at the outside of the chop.

My neighbour has a CNC machine and was telling me he could engrave / inlay a design if I wanted onto the face of the vise, may look at that when the rest is complete.

Created a couple of dogs with scraps from the leg vise to try out the clamping power of the wagon vise. Very slick!

Wagon vise has over 12” of opening, might come in handy…

Gap stop should come in handy for tool storage while working on small projects.

Next up is to round over the edges, add trim on the cabinet, and begin the drawer construction and assembly. Don’t wait up for the next installment…

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

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 10:03 PM


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#2 posted 05-26-2013 02:13 AM

Wow, amazing bench. Great build.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 01:08 AM

I can tell this is goin to be really nice. Either you have been holding out on the blog, or you are setting aworld record pace.

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 02:22 PM

Missed your progress reports due to being out of town (fishing) and yesterday in the shop—I’ll have to save these for later while I play catch up in the yard today. But, will say: lookin good!

Vertical cloud lifts on the leg vise?

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 03:57 PM

Thanks for the comments! I did begin construction in early February, and have been plugging away at it since…

My blog is just about caught up to my progress, will post a few more photos and the next segment will include the drawers and trim.

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

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 02:45 AM

Completely awesome. You gots skills.

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 01:44 AM

So what happened?


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#9 posted 11-02-2015 10:24 PM

Embarrassed to say, I haven’t done much more with it, my real jobs took priority.

Sold most of the horses last Spring, wrapped up the Landscaping for the year, will be getting back to working in the shop seriously in the next months.

Hope I can add the final details to this blog soon-

Thanks for your interest!

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

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