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Split Roubo Workbench #14: The Chop - updated

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 07-06-2012 03:16 AM 5271 reads 1 time favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: The Parallel Guide Part 14 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 15: Leg Vise - The BenchCrafted version. »

Lets get back to these guys…

They were glued up months ago but before shaping and joinery lets square up the sides. I’ve now dedicated my Veritas BU jointer for this.

First the mortise for the parallel guide was routed at the bottom. My tenon cheek was off and required some tweaking.

Now for the shaping. Let me say that I have pondered this for quite a awhile. I really like the shape given in the plan. However, I thought something different would be cool, maybe something more angular, more George Nakashima. Yet, I like how the BC design echos the lever cap on a Stanley plane. I took it a step further and tried to stay true to the curved face of the lever cap.

Next, I considered mimicking the compound curved bevel on the lever cap but I chickened out and kept it perpendicular and simple.

As I was marveling at how well the band saw blade from highland woodworking works, I realized that I messed up the measurements. Disgusted and perplexed I left it for a few days.

-- 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 07-06-2012 03:24 AM

I was just getting ready to bug you for an update too. I still have high hopes gor this bad boy. Carry on.

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 03:34 AM

Disgusted comes easy sometimes… You’ll get there, Scott! Love the lines and the inspiration piece you used as well. Excellent update!

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

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 03:41 AM

Shane – you think YOU have high hopes.

Thanks Smitty – that is a lot more helpful than the responses that I leave for you. Goes to show you who has more couth and class.

-- 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 07-06-2012 03:45 AM

Yours made me laugh, mine doesn’t have that affect, I’m sure… :-)

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 03:48 AM

Looks good. Don’t worry about those small setbacks. Some of the best details come out of mistakes.

If you want to show some of the fitting of the chain it’s fine with me.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 03:50 AM

Also, the BC plan calls for 2.5 ” chop thickness. I kept mine at 2.75” because, well, size matters. In the end though it will diminish the effective travel of the vise screw.

-- 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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#7 posted 07-06-2012 03:57 AM

The mistake looking back on it (it was Sunday) is not a big deal. THe first cut on the lower part was narrow. Just an 1/8” or less. I noticed it before I cut the second side. Therefore I cut it 1/8” wider from the center line. This restored my width so that it matched the width of the leg AS PLANNED. But now the center line is off. That is where I had to do some cipherin’ and deductin’

-- 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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#8 posted 07-06-2012 04:01 AM

Jim, if I make a mistake fitting the chain I will certainly show it. I can’t post blogs as intriguing as Smitty but at least I can show what I screw up. Otherwise these entries turn into an instruction manuals.

My plan is to get leg vise hardware installed and then do a dedicated post for the chain drive.

-- 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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#9 posted 07-06-2012 07:24 AM

In work, as in life, it’s not how severe we err, it’s how well we can recover.

So, off you go into the past guided only by your future. ( ...that’s counter productive my friend, move forward) :-)

Scott,
It’s a leg vise, and yes, it will be quite handsome.
If you are worried about the symmetry, trim an 1/8” from the other edge, it’s nearly 3” thick, you won’t compromise it’s strength or it’s integrity.

As far as your concern over the 2.75” face causing the screw travel to be 1/4” less, countersink the screw mount into the face a 1/4” and you’re back on track and moving forward.

We are with you on this, we’ve got your back. – Grandpa Len

-- 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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#10 posted 07-06-2012 09:58 AM

Scott – That’s not a mistake, just artistic license. Lovely piece of Cherry by the way.

-- 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 07-06-2012 10:35 AM

Len,

You are exactly right. I’m also losing another 2” bcause my leg is 5” deep as oppose to the 3” planned. I am going to just as you say and turn the nut around and countersink it deep into the leg instead of flush mounting.

-- 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 07-06-2012 12:22 PM

You think yours is off center, look at this lovely bench.
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m628/boatman53/6b8fc0f3.jpg

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#13 posted 07-06-2012 12:29 PM

Scott, don’t sweat the mistakes. If you look at my cherry hoosier what you don’t see is the huge mistake. (sorry, I forgot to mention it as well :-)) The mistake was I made the bottom about 3/4” to big. I was so disgusted It sat in my shop for so long (I’d estimate about 10 years) that I lost the original metal pieces that held the top to the bottom. One day out of determination to overcome my stupidity I decided to finish it. So loosing the original pieces worked in my favor, I could now compensate for the wrong size.

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

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 12:32 PM

I kind of like that Jim, but don’t the dog holes go the wrong way?

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

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#15 posted 07-06-2012 01:22 PM

Hey Scott, I still think that is looking wonderful.

It is strange how we beat ourselves up all the time. You would not believe how flat my forehead is from slapping it.

Carry on Sir,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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