Ok, so let me get this blog started before I get so far behind that I put it off – forever.
It is undisputed that the most important tool in the woodworking shop is a proper workbench. I don’t have one.
I will not rehash the nuances of workbench design but after reading Schwarz’s and Scott Landis’s books, I had my heart set on a Roubo bench. I am not alone as several LJ’s have posted wonderful roubo benches. At first I wanted to build this…
I really enjoy the cherry and the contrasting woods. However, my preference is to switch them and have a maple top with cherry legs. There are functional reasons for this as well. Then, along the way I discovered the Benchcrafted hardware and knew that is what I was eventually going to use. Yet, the traditional Roubo has difficulties with tail vise. The problem is keeping the dog holes as close to the front edge but running into the front right leg.
Regardless, I kept putting it off and putting it off. Why? I think it is a lack of confidence. I am not skilled or experienced enough to just blow through this project without one, and primarily, way over analyzing every step to the point of paralysis. Second, making some very costly errors. Finally, I am not going to build this bench, Learn from my mistakes and build a better one anytime soon.
I chose a more guided approach.
First, I was just going to use Benchcrafted’s hardware and plans. I still prefer the monolithic slab of a traditional Roubo. But after hearing that Marc Spagnuolo (the Wood Whisperer) was doing the a guild build I was quite tempted. Still I put it off. After that, I procrastinated knowing some day I’d get a rountoit.
Finally, i committed and placed my order with Benchcrafted. More importantly, I announced to Al (Bertha) that I had begun. “I have begun my bench build.” If you don’‘t know Al you need to know that he is all business. You need to chose your words carefully and mean what you say. Also, if you speak slowly he is more apt to understand, especially the big words. Regardless, events cascaded form here. I signed up for the guild and watched all the videos. I made my shopping list. The next weekend I bought the lumber.
Anywho, this is what I am attempting to do. I am going to build this – hopefully. I will stick to my original desire and make the horizontal elements out of a lighter soft maple and the vertical elements will made of cherry.
Thanks for coming by. The next blog will be about the rough milling which I have already done.
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