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Split Roubo Workbench #17: Getting ready for assembly

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 720 days ago 4444 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Leg Vise - The Chain Leg Vise version. Part 17 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 18: Attaching the top »

There a lot of items that are much easier to accomplish prior to glue-up.

First, I need some 3/8” cherry pegs. I went with cherry to keep the visual contrast subtle. Another thing is I let my kids make some pegs and write their name on them. During glue-up I let them drive their respective pegs in the give them a sense of ownership.

All these were made from scrap and were sized down to ~ 7/16” on the band saw. Then the corners were chamfered with a block plane. I made this litttle V grooved jig to help.

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The bottom stretchers have a 3/8” dado to in which a ledger is glued into to support the bottom shelf. I felt a little galooty. I took a cut off that would allow me to get 2 pieces off of each side. First I four squared it.

Once squared up, I broke out the skewed rabbet plane and created a 1/8” rabbet. The first pic I actually posted as a random shot but realized, after scrutinizing the pic, that I was way caddie-whompus. I fixed it but then the rabbet was too deep. Finally I got it. Did the same operation on the other side and ripped it with the table saw.

This little operation was much harder than it should have been.

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I forgot to drill the stretchers for the draw-bore. So, I re-assembled and checked my marks. After drilling I “counter-sunk” the entry side just to ensure that the peg doesn’t get hung up.

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I finally committed to a bench height of 34 1/2” inches. Thus I cut -off another 1/2” inch from the legs. I think this is the 4th time I’ve cut these bastards.

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These pics are from a couple weeks ago. So, about that time Smitty was putting his skirt on as I was shaving my legs. Also, I took the time to break the edges and file the hole edges.

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Not a lot a pics from the glue-up. I really like the draw-bore technique. I only used a 1/16” offset and it went flawlessly.

Thanks for looking.

-- 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 720 days ago

About time we got an update! Looks like you almost got it now….legs are looking beefy. I like it.

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#2 posted 720 days ago

Very nice Scott. Is the top just going to sit on those leg tenons? Or will it be bolted through the upper stretcher? Thanks for the update. Jim

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

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#3 posted 720 days ago

Looks like it’s coming together nicely. Did you drive the pins through a doweling plate? or leave them as they were off the block plane?

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 720 days ago

Shane – I am surprised that you let me go this long.

Jim – thanks. My next installment show the mortises but the slabs are lagged to the upper stretchers with spax screws.

Chris – the dowel plate pic added. Sorry about that.

-- 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 720 days ago

Good to see the legs assembled. I bet that feels great to have it done. That is a great shot of the chamfer on the leg; it looks flawless.

-- ~Tony

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Mosquito

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#6 posted 720 days ago

Not a problem, I was just curious if you were just THAT good at rounding with a block plane lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Dave

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#7 posted 720 days ago

Smitty in a skirt oh my! That was funny and the legs you have shave are very pretty as well. I did love what you have done with the children signing the pegs. Good stuff.
Nice pictures as well. Action shots are great.

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

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bhog

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#8 posted 720 days ago

Ya baby!.Nice work Scott.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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sb194

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#9 posted 720 days ago

Nice work. It will be great to see it finished. I like how you included the kids in on the build. Someday it will be handed down to them, so why not include them on the construction.

Sean

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#10 posted 720 days ago

Yeah! Its almost there. I cant wait to do the drawboring on mine. I can see using that for so many assemblies.

I like the idea of getting the kids involved but I’m so stressed out during glue ups that I’m not sure how that would go.

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

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#11 posted 720 days ago

Excellent photos, Scott. I had a dream about that dowel plate last night. I know, I have issues.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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lysdexic

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#12 posted 720 days ago

Mauricio, glue ups using the draw bore are much less hectic. Glue the mortise, glue the tenon, insert, glue and pound the pegs. No clamps needed and there really isn’t anything that you can do about the alignment.

I’m a big fan.

NOTE: I typed this about 2 hours ago but did not post

-- 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 720 days ago

I’ve hate when that happens. I’ve done the delayed post thing more than once.

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

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#14 posted 718 days ago

That’s a great assembly Scott, but d’ya know what you forgot to do?

-- 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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Brit

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#15 posted 718 days ago

...absolutely nothing.

-- 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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