Projects in process. . . #5: try square A La Roubo

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Blog entry by need2boat posted 10-26-2011 02:49 AM 2402 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m sure there a tone of people like me that were inspired to make a few tools after reading Chris schwartz’s blog or books. I do most of my reading on the bus ride into the city and home each day so some books end up taking me sometime to get though but regardless it’s still makes what otherwise can be a stressful part of the day better.

On the list of things is his Roubo try square that he wrote about when working for the popular woodworking. As I find time I will share some of the others I’m making. 36” straight edge and also a saw bench.

Since this would be something I’d be looking at a lot and plus I needed really straight 1/4 sawn I decided to hit the local mill which for me is Willard Brothers and see what they had. Mind you Willards is not the place you want to go too often unless you’ve got a budget. They have a great selection, very friendly help but all those nice woods come at a price.

I found some nice straight grain Macacauba that was in my price range. I got enough to do make both this and straight edge

So once back in the shop I went about the process of getting the stock to size. I ripped the thin pieces down to size on the bandsaw to save wood and squared and planed them by hand.

Once I got them close to size I made a quick jig to help make the bridle joint and then cut two.

With the joint cut I needed to thin the blades to fit. I did this by hand.

With everything fit it was time to add the ogee with a fillet. I tried it two ways with a paper template and also drawing it out. Both worked fine and I cut them out on the band saw, then hand filled to get some practice with my rasps and finally used a sander for the circles.

I finished off everything with the scraper as many of the smaller details just couldn’t be done with paper or a file.

With everything sanded I recheck everything for square.

You can see the joint in the shaving

Next up is to make the dowels and I needed to order a doweling jig as I don’t own anything to turn them on.

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 03:08 AM

very cool project and beautiful grain flow on those macacubas.

interesting how you orient the boards in your front vise for work with no support underneath – don’t you have an end/tail vise for this sort of work or do you find this way more comfortable (to me this seems less comfortable and less reachable)? – curious

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 09:50 AM

Great project. I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out. I have them on my list of projects also.

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

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 01:57 PM

Hey Purplev,

Yes I do have tail vise but I guess I’m just used to working that end of the bench. That could be due in part to the orientation of my bench in my shop or the lack of training. ;-) It’s all kinda new for me.

I will give the tail a go next time. ;-)

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#4 posted 10-27-2011 01:09 PM

great looking project.

You can make your dowels with a router table if you have one. cut the square, then round over each edge with the appropriate size round over bit.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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