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Split Roubo Workbench #6: The End Cap

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 04-16-2012 02:17 AM 3951 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: The End Tenon and Screw Cavity Part 6 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 7: Dog Hole Strip »

Although, from a design perspective, I wanted to use cherry for a vertical components and maple for all horizontal components, I just couldn’t resist making my end cap out of cherry.

A comment about glue ups. In my limited experience there is a difference in a glue up when using machined surfaces and hand plane surfaces. On the machined surface there usually remains a line. It is a small line but still a line. The only glue ups that I have done the joint completely disappears are the ones that I have gone over with a #7 and sometimes a smoother.

Look at this glue up a 8/4 cherry for the end cap. That one line is a natural mark in the wood. This just amazes me. I know simple minds.

Nevertheless, I cut it to length. “Snuck” up on the thickness with a #5 and #7. I then marked the tenon onto the end cap and routed out the cavity - leaving the lines. I then trimmed the tenon down with a block plane until a nice fit.

Then using a supplied template I drilled out the holes for the various screws. Some how, which I can’t figure out, one of the screw’s washers wouldn’t fit so had file one side.

Thanks for looking. I hope to be done in 11 months.

-- 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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#1 posted 04-16-2012 02:28 AM

Wow, awesome fit!

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

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 02:29 AM

whoa! Two updates in one day. This thing is really coming together, and quickly.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 02:31 AM

Thanks Shane and Smitty. Like I said – only 11 months to go.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-16-2012 02:33 AM

What do you guys think about my comment on glue ups? Am I biased in my observation?

-- 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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#5 posted 04-16-2012 03:40 AM

Eleven months. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Ii would be able to sleep with that beauty in my shop. No wait I would be sleeping with it in my shop;)
You are doing an excellent job. Bravo

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 12:56 PM

Now thats and end cap! I agree nothing like a hand planed joint.

Dave, I’m with you, I would have to sleep on it the first couple of nights.

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

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 01:14 PM

Jeez, I’m so far behind. You’re on a tear!

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

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 01:57 PM

Cherry and Maple = Peas and Carrots

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 06:41 PM

I could not agree more when it comes to machine vs hand joints. I think this might be the single best reason to have a jointer plane in your shop whether you have a love affair with your Powermatic or your Disston.

This build is looking fantastic. Thanks for sharing. The last pic with the washer is great.

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

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 11:46 PM

RG, I wasn’t quite sure what you thought was so commendable about that last pic. Then I realized that is actually a great example of a machined glue joint. I assume that was your point.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-17-2012 12:06 AM

Actually I was amused by the modified washer. But you are right about the comparison.

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

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 02:31 AM

An update on the end cap. Somehow I was off on the holes for the flange bolts. Not much but enough.

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I could “waller” out the hole and make it fit but decided to do it right. Crap! No 5/16” dowel in the shop. I sure could have used a dowel plate. So, off to Lowes’s for a $.079 dowel. Glued in and flush cut with a Veritas flush cut saw.

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I broke out the template again and re-marked. Then redrilled and the difference is evident. The flange and bolts go in smoothly now.

-- 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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#13 posted 05-08-2012 11:19 AM

Nice save.

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

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 11:48 AM

Just sayin’ but…
...if you would have got all the way home from Lowes and realize you left your dowel in the bag at the self-checkout…
....I would have laughed at you.
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It’s looking great. I would have just wallered it, so you’ve got one on me.

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

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 12:50 PM

I might have done the same Al. I hate going to town. But then again I always have doweling material on hand (grampa’s favorite joint it seems) so I might have taken the extra time. In any case it looks like the time was worth it.

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

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