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Split Roubo Workbench #10: The Legs - part I

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I have lost my momentum but progress remains. The Legs – it took me a month to get them done.

Here they are getting marked up.

I wanted to embody as much galootness as possible. Yet I am still unsure of my skill and thus elected to use the table saw to cut the shoulders. These need to be square. The cheeks of the stub tenons not so much.
I used my practice leg first. I borrowed the fancy kreg miter guage.

Hand sawing the cheeks proved more problematic than expected. I do not have a Tenon saw. I have my BA 12” xcut and a dull 14” tyzack back saw(which would have work great if it was sharp). The best combination was to get the kerf started with the BA x-cut saw and finish up with the Disston rip. It was a lot of work but I am pleased with the results.

I ensured square, flush, flat with the router plane. Man, cherry burns easy!

Since I have never attempted a project like this before I was very apprehensive about my ability to execute the tenons. Thus, I started with legs at a length that would allow me to completely botch the tenons, but them off and start again. Once, satisfied with the tenons I cut the excess of the bottom.

-- 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 795 days ago

Good update. Still looks great. What is the ETA on the reveal now?

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#2 posted 795 days ago

Per Al’s allowance I think that I have nine months left. Wait let me check….......I took this picture March 10th

-- 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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#3 posted 795 days ago

How much of that Jack you got left?

(Excellent progree, you’re almost there!!!)

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

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#4 posted 795 days ago

dUDE YOU HAVE TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR SELF your solid you know this stuff your a smart guy and your work is fine. I may have gone with the ras to do the tennons I dont know if you have one but they are behind you now. I am doing 2 of these at a time so i am starting with the tops there are 4 tops I have 2 complete and am very pleased with mine . I know your top will work out just bring lots of glue and clamps. the legs on my bench are simple mortice and tennons i will make the mortices in the halvs then the glue ups it is easier that way aqnd it isw how the legs were designed. your legs were tougher also my bench can be taken down and moved easily or moved all togeather . we are talking about a move to scotland for retirement and I want to take the bench with me i WILL LIKLEY TAKE ALL MY HAND TOOLS AND WILL SELL OFF MY POWER TOOLS AND REPLACE THEM WITH NEW EUROPEAN MODELS. dam i hate this laptop . that damn caps lock key is killing me. I am very Proud of you Scott you can do this dont let the momentium die push through if I can do it as bad as my back is you can do it too

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Lance – it is not so much doubting myself as it is planning for the inevitable mistakes.

Smitty – if you consider the number of Wood Whisperer’s videos I am about 70% finished. The leg vice, which is coming up takes two videos.

Thanks for checking in.

-- 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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#6 posted 795 days ago

once again nice work Scott. I usually keep my pieces long in case I screw up and have to start over. Its typically when I don’t either because I get cocky or material is short that I actually do screw up.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 795 days ago

Hey Scott, it looks very very nice from here.
Give yourself a pat on the back from me.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 795 days ago

Ah my dream bench is progressing nicely I see. Nice work Scott and remember – If you don’t think you can’t, you can.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 795 days ago

If you don’t think you can’t, you can.
—Andy

Try not. Do. Or do not!! There is no try….
—Yoda

(Is Andy in some way related to Master Yoda? Hmmm….)

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

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#10 posted 795 days ago

Smitty – He hasn’t got much use for a comb either. LOL.

You know it’s funny, but one of the most important lessons I’ve learnt about using hand tools is that you have to approach them with a certain amount of self-belief. They were designed and built to do hard work and you have to use them confidently to get the best out of them. For example, if you pick up a saw to cut a tenon cheek, you should approach the cut with the intention of fitting that tenon straight off the saw. Of course it doesn’t always work out that way, but it sure feels nice when it does.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 794 days ago

Don’t get me wrong fellas. I am not suffering from an inferiority complex. The two main professions in my life demand caution and always leaving yourself an “out.” My instructor pilot in the Army was the first to tell me “There old pilots and there are bold pilots. But there are no old, bold pilots.” I took that to heart. In my current profession, my peers do not lack in confidence and humility is the actual challenge.

“When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.” Jerry Garcia.

That said, I will grant you the fact that i do need to be more willing to risk mistakes. At least in woodworking – geez.

Most of all, I appreciate y’alls encouragement.

-- 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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#12 posted 794 days ago

Wait a second Andy! Was that comb comment aimed at Yoda or me? Either way, it is deserved :^)

-- 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 794 days ago

Andy, you’re onto something for sure. The way I’ve thought of it is, the tool knows what it wants to do if we just let it. Sometimes that’s learning to push the rabbet or combo or T&G plane a little harder than is comfortable, other times is getting out of the way of the backsaw that really does want to cut a straight line (despite my best efforts at ‘guiding’ it…) And yes, I’m a firm believer in ‘straight from the saw’ work, most often with dovetails.

When we come together with what the tools are designed and fully capable of doing, great things happen.

Scott, get ‘er done! :-) As they say about Missouri roadwork, ‘It’ll be nice when it’s done!’

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

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#14 posted 794 days ago

In part 13 of my saw talk blog Smitty had asked why I choose a comb as my first project because I kept making rip cuts right next to each other. I replied aksing “What’s a comb?” meaning I haven’t needed one for more years than I care to remember. So I was just saying that yoda doesn’t have a need for one either.

You know what they say though Scott. Hair never grows where the work’s done and that’s why women don’t grow beards. LOL.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 794 days ago

Way to go Scott, good use of powertools and hand tools. Nice seeing the router plane in action. Your in the home stretch now!

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

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