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Roubo Workbench #7: Could It Be?

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Blog entry by Eric posted 1553 days ago 1115 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently found out that the husband of a woman in our church runs a timber export business. I inquired about possibly getting my workbench lumber from him and she told me to fax her the specs of what I want (she does admin or accounting or something).

So tomorrow morning I’m going out with her to the lumberyard to check out the wood and to get an estimate. Could it be that I’ll walk out of there with a few hundred pounds of tropical hardwood? Or maybe I’ll put it in the back of a truck and drive it out. Easier on the back.

I was hoping to tinker with Chris Schwarz’s Roubo on Sketchup tonight to see if there’s anything I’m not thinking of, but my Sketchup skills stink! I would probably do better “building” a bench from scratch on there. In the meantime, I’ll work with pencil and paper. I have made a few modifications even since last week’s post, likely influenced by my “discovery” of Gary Roberts, Stephen Shepherd, Peter Follansbee and Jennie Alexander. It’s a slippery slope down into the 17th century.

Hope to have good news – and pics – soon.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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#1 posted 1553 days ago

Hey Eric, to me, it looks like you already saw light at the end of tunnel. I hope you’ll find suitable wood (species & dimension) for your workbench. Hope for the best outcome!
By the way which part of KK you now live? – (if you are still there).

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1553 days ago

Hi Masrol, thanks! It looks like I’ll probably be going with O.T. (other timber) as it’s so much cheaper than nyatoh or the other nice species here. I’ll take a look at the O.T. to make sure it’s good quality. Otherwise, I’ll buy the “nice stuff” for the benchtop and O.T. for the legs and stretchers.

And we’re in the Luyang area, if you know where that is.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 1553 days ago

OK Eric, take your time selecting the best available lumber. Get advice from the man works there. Avoid using lumber with alot of oil/tanin/gum deposits in it – I believe it is durable, but sanding it smooth is the problem. I made my workbench top from mixed lumber and some were very oily (gummy) – I did not know until I sanded it. I wish you good luck.

I know where Luyang is, considered very near to the KK town. My nephew is staying there. I’ve been there once.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1552 days ago

Hi Masrol, thanks! I went to the lumberyard today and it looks like I am going to get a pile of their reject lumber – I think for free! So once they have together more or less what I’m looking for, I will go visit and inspect the lumber. I couldn’t really get them to tell me WHY the lumber might be rejected, so I’m not sure if I will also reject it or not. But thanks for the tip about the oily or gummy wood. I think most of the reject lumber is seraya – do you know it?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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