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Split Roubo Workbench #22: The Gap Stop

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 10-17-2012 03:22 AM 3865 reads 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello,

I felt a little stuck here. The remaining maple lumber that I had was milled 4/4 stuff obviously from a different tree/species and very white. I wanted the gap stop to match the rest of the top. Primarily as to not draw attention to itself and leave a more monolithic look to the bench top. Rick, the lumber guy did not have any boards left of the wood used to make the top wide enough to do the job. So, it is time to glue up some scraps. I rough jointed 2 surfaces with my #8. I really like this plane. The finished with a finely set #7.

Time to empty the bleachers.

Unfortunately, after milling these two boards I was still just shy of the width I needed so i jointed and glued on another board. It was this last small board that I was having trouble jointed because it was bowed. I tried to grab hold and clamp it with screws. The screw broke and that didn’t work with a damn.

Finally, I resawed this board and went to mill these to their final 5/8” thickness. I noticed that my fairly new DeWalt 735 is leaving ridges. WTF? I forgot to take out the broken screw from the day before. Sucks.

Got to press on. From a design aspect, I decided to cap the gapstop with a cherry cap using a M&T joint. One reason is to match the other end cap. The other is because by the time I glued up this board, resawed it, the laiminated the spacer there would be 7 different pieces of end grain exposed.

A cut off was laminated and fashioned into a tenon. The spacers were also cut-offs.

The cherry cap was fashioned from a previous leg cut-off, cut to size and mortised. The laminated tenon was just at 1/2” so a 1/2” brad point bit hogged out the waste nicely. The rest was pared with a chisel. Like my fancy drill press table. I reallly need to make one that is attached and has a dependable fence.

I shaped rounded the corners of the tenon using a rasp. Before fitting the cap, I had to re-square the shoulders from the glue up. The tenon is a bit long and was shortened. The cap was intentionally cut a tad large. I do not trust the accuracy of my machine work. Jonters, planers and routers get me most of the way there but I achieve my accuracy by sneaking up on a good fit using hand tools.

My M&T fit was a tad loose or at least I used that as an excuse to drawbore this joint. I had a couple cherry pegs left over from the under-carriage construction. I chose 5/16” for these pegs. Thus, I removed some bulk with a block plane and then slammed them back through the dowel plate. I enjoy making pegs. Its the simple things.

Finally, I cut the notches on the bottom so the gap stop will straddle the upper stretchers and lie flush with the top. Elbow in, reflection straight, parallel lines.

Various pictures of the final result.

Thanks for following along.

-- 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 10-17-2012 03:31 AM

Ahh, beautiful, heart warming progress. Very envious of the build. What type of projects are you eyeing up for after this beast is done?

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 03:32 AM

That’s some clean work Lysdexic! Thanks
for posting your progress and congratulations on
an outstanding work bench.

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 03:38 AM

I like it. Nice work

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

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 03:42 AM

Shane,

I already bought a slab walnut that I hope to fashion into a Krenov styled cabinet. It is for my wife to hold her necklaces.

Simple, understated design.
Golden proportions

I just dont know how to do it. I dont really want to buy a plan but I dont know how to execute the joinery and hinges.

Maybe something like this where the form and grain do the talking.

-- 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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lysdexic

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 03:50 AM

This is where I left off tonight -putting a coat of finish on the bottom of the top. I guess I will get used to the darker color but for right now I don’t like it.

To Do List:

Re-bolt top right side up.
Flatten top
Finish top surface
Make dogs
Accessorize

-- 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 10-17-2012 04:01 AM

Will it have a base? I like his works that sit on legs with nice lines. Maybe in a contrasting wood. I am sure there is a lot of info out there on how to do those type of hinges. I have never tried them, but they are cool in their simplicity. I am sure she will like it.

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Brit

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 06:01 AM

Looks good to me Scott. Send it my way if you don’t like the colour.

-- 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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#8 posted 10-17-2012 10:55 AM

Love it, Scott! You’ve really set the standard high with this bench.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 12:06 PM

Wow, what’s not to like there, Scott? Beautiful stuff. Nice work.

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

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 12:20 PM

Very very nice Scott.
A true labor of love.

I like the darker color myself.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 01:13 PM

Scott, I love your attention to detail. I wish I had your patience.

Great blog once again.

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

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 01:29 PM

Very nice, great call on making the ends continuous with no space, I also like the cherry end cap.

The color is a little darker than expected but I think it will grow on you.

I like where you have your table saw, that’s where I’ve been putting mine so the bench acts as an outfeed table.

The to do list is getting very short! Wont be long 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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#13 posted 10-17-2012 01:36 PM

I’m sure the “bench as an outfeed” will work for you guys. I’d wind up knocking a handplane on the floor, and man…....profanity!!!

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

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#14 posted 10-17-2012 01:43 PM

^ +1 for what Don says. I keep electric tools a safe distance from my workbench for that very reason. :-)

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

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#15 posted 10-17-2012 01:45 PM

My planes will be sitting below the surface in the tool tray ;-)

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

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