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Split Roubo Workbench #2: Rough Dimensioning

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 892 days ago 3721 reads 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: I have put this off for far too long Part 2 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 3: Milling, gluing and clamping - The Legs »

I spent the weekend cutting the lumber into bite size peices. I found this somewhat challenging because this is where I picked the boards and assigned their fate.

”You will be this and you will be that. No, wait, you are not wide enough. Go back into that stack. Now I need another one these but that means I will have to cut you in half…. Am I sure? ”

I need the boards for the top to be ~ 5” wide. I will preserve length and thickness for now. Still in order to rip them to length I needed a reference edge first. THIS was the hardest part. Running a 6” wide, 8’ long 10/4 maple board across I meager Rigid jointer was work. Everything is still well over sized. These rollers I picked from the local Sears that is going out of business were a godsend.

Once I got a decent edge, I ripped at the band saw. My Rikon performed quite admirably. I did recently put a woodslicer blade on it. There was a tension in some of the boards.

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Some of the cherry waste.

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Here is a smaller more ordered lumber pile. The final top thickness is 4”. I need 12 boards for the top, the front dovetail face board and the dog hole strip. I have 11 that are 5” wide. I have 2 others that are 4 1/2” and 4 1/4” BEFORE MILLING so they are not going to work.

Here are the long stretchers and the 4/4 shelving below.

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These will be laminated into the cherry legs. The plan calls for 32” long legs but I cut these at 36”. You can see that I still have some checking at the ends that I need to cut out or epoxy.

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Now, check out this board. It is different from all the others. It was 8 ft but had a punky knot 1/3 down the length. I had to cut that out. I assigned this to a long stretcher. But look at this grain! I don’t know that I will use this in a workbench. Should I save it for other projects? What do you think?

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The chop will end up 2 1/2” thick and the calls for 9” wide 12/4 stock and I don’t have any. This these two pieces will be laminated. Also, a cool Starrett machinist hammer that I dig.

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I think I have things under control for now. I need to laminate some of the cherry cut offs for the tail vise block which also calls for 12/4 stock. Also I need to splice the thin maple boards to get up to 5” wide stock.

Thanks.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 892 days ago

The figured part of the board will help make something cool. Resaw it to about 1/2” or 3/8” and you could make a box or something small bookmatched. When is the ETA for the big reveal? I was thinking you would be done by now!

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 892 days ago

Shane, I get enough of that at home and work :^) But I hope to put the finish on before the end of the NCAA tournament.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Dave

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#3 posted 892 days ago

Scott the cherry cut offs are great for frames, you can get some fake crushed turquoise and clear epoxy and fill that knot hole and build something nice. I cant toss scraps out.
Now I am sorry about the short board. Are you going to order some more stock?
That is one cool hammer.
I cant stop looking at that figured board. That kind of wood is what I like.
You are off to a good start. Keep at it. It’s looking very nice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 892 days ago

Build baby build! Milling the lumber is the least fun part.

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

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Brandon

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#5 posted 892 days ago

You’re making progress! Pretty soon you’ll be gluing :-)

Love that hammer, by the way—-it could be your new signature just like Andy works that square into as many pictures as he can. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 892 days ago

Yeah. I’d like to do my final milling and glue up the top within 3 days. I am camping with the boy scouts this weekend and then off to Brevard the next. But….....If I can.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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RGtools

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#7 posted 892 days ago

I have the same problem with that first step as far as choosing a boards final fate…it takes me a long time.

Keep up the build, I am sure this bench will look and work great.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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GrandpaLen

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#8 posted 892 days ago

Alot of thought has gone into a project of this magnitude.
You’ve thought it through and cut some lumber, that’s the impetus to create your vision.

Milling, glue-ups, assembly and finishing are akin to your dedication to nurturing you Scout Group or raising a child.
You do the best you can and the results are your personal measurement of the man you’ve become.

Attention to even the mundane, affects the results. You’ll do well. :-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 882 days ago

I don’t see a bench-type structure yet… Any progress? (nudge, nudge)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 882 days ago

I have not made one IODA (I’ve never spelled that word before) of progess since this post. The bench will probably take me over a year :^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 882 days ago

Yeah, that’s what Al thinks, too. Pounding his chest over your lack of progress, or something like that…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 882 days ago

(heh heh heh)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Bertha

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#13 posted 845 days ago

Going strong! I love the figure surrounding that knot.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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