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Split Roubo Workbench #18: Attaching the top

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 08-07-2012 03:13 AM 6045 reads 4 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Getting ready for assembly Part 18 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 19: The Deadman »

Before attaching the top a few things need to be done. First I dont have any pics of the final shavings or breaking the edges. Obviously I need to makes some mortises.

These were accomplished by router and squared off by chisel. The one closest to the wagon vise required a little more work.

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Next, I routed the slot for the deadman. The plan called for the slot to be 1 1/2” deep the whole lenght but I only did that for the 8” next to the left leg. The rest of the slot is only 1” deep. Check this out. I have learned a lot during this build and now a fully understand that I take too deep of bites withe router. It creates a lot of heat…...

A whisp of smoke

and a burning ember

Put a coat of wax on while the slot is presented

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Finally the dog hole of the front left leg needs access through the tenon.

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Just a cool pic that illustrates the mass of the elements

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The upside down test fit is pretty good but I was not happy how the left leg fit. It sat about a 1/32” back from the front face of the top. To get them flush I’d have to plane the entire face of the top. Instead I enlarged the mortise forward and glued a spacer in the back to keep it solid. This allows me to barely shave the leg flush to the top which is much easier.

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Finally, moved the bench out into some better light for some “glamor shots.”

The list of things to do is getting smaller….................thanks for checking out the progress.

-- 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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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 03:21 AM

That is a beautiful bench!

-- Ryan

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 03:41 AM

Thanks Ryan. I just whipped it up real quick :^)

What’s up with the pic of the Bell Jet Ranger?

-- 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 08-07-2012 03:51 AM

Hooray! Hooray! It looks great, that end vise and the dovetails look sweet. First class. Congrats, and thanks for taking the time to do the write ups and taking all the pics.

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 03:54 AM

Just for you Shane. Just for you.

-- 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 08-07-2012 04:01 AM

Most Excellent Build! If it uses even a third as good as it looks, you’ve a lifetime of Awesome in store…

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

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 04:04 AM

I bet moving that mass was no easy chore? She is a fine bench. I bet you are a proud father of a wondeful new bench.
Have you named it yet?

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

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 04:05 AM

Outstanding work Lysdexic, may it serve you well for years.

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 04:13 AM

Named it? Wow I hadn’t thought of 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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#9 posted 08-07-2012 04:28 AM

My wife was proof reading one of my blogs one night. I had put a adverb or pronoun in that was describing a tool as an animate object. She corrected me in saying it is not a living thing. I told her it is and didn’t change the statement.
Why as men do we refer to boats and cars as ole girl and name them?
I wonder.

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

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 06:50 AM

And Al said it was going to take you forever HA HA. Too cool Scott, You really made me proud of you young man. Snicker. The one shot makes it look like the stretchers are at different heights. I know it is not really but it was kind of a wired angle and you had me worried for a minute.What did you use to make the top 6×4s that top is thick for days it has to be one of the thickest I have seen. Do you have a 12 inch table saw or what?How did you rip boards that thick? How deep are the mortises you used for the stretchers and the rails? I really am proud of you. You’re really on your way my friend.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 10:53 AM

Looks like you have been busy.

Just wondering if when its all over and your finished with the build are you going to take a sharp 3/8” chisel and gouge her a couple times?You know just to get it over with? ;)

Looks really good Scott

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 12:03 PM

Beauty Scott, very fine work and I’ll bet you’ll be able to plane some birdseye maple without it moving !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 08-07-2012 12:10 PM

Dude, this bench has taken what seems like forever. I am not sure which pic makes it look like the stretchers are at different heights. I will say that the maple that I used is many different colors and limited in quantity. Thus, I picked the darker pieces for the most visible. Again, this was to diminish the contrast to the cherry legs.

Noitce the two upper stretchers are really light but disappear once the top is on. There is a lower stretcher that is lighter and it is in the back.

The top is just face glued to achieve the thickness. I milled for days – literally. My TS is a 10 incher.

Brandon – I am still contemplating the inaugural damage.

-- 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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#14 posted 08-07-2012 12:13 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Dave – I will never name my planes. I heard they hate that and I wouldn’t want to anger them.

-- 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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#15 posted 08-07-2012 01:17 PM

I am confused. How to you operate the first doghole? The one closest to your tail-vise above the leg. My question is how do you push the dog back up?

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

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