Roubo-Moxon Bench Build #8: I Don't Need No Stinkin' Lathe

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Blog entry by Eric posted 11-02-2010 04:24 PM 2652 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I followed Gye's advice and followed Kari's advice and whipped out my block plane to fashion me some pegs for drawboring the tenons on my stretchers. I originally was considering making a dowel plate, but Kari in her post suggests that this works best for short dowels. All of mine are at least 6” long.

So anyway, the block plane was a bit slow at first, on the corners, but it quickly picked up. I just started at one end until it fit in my test hole and wherever it hung up, I kept at it from that point. It took about 20 minutes to do that one dowel, which will serve to make 3 or 4 pegs. After this picture was taken I “doweled” the other piece, and I figure I’ll do two more of this length to be safe.

When it was all said and done, I was surrounded by thin ribbons of wood, and was happy I didn’t have a lathe. This was fun.

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 05:48 PM

Nice work, Eric.

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 06:06 PM

Ohhh… I was just thinking about trying this not to long ago as well….. very cool to see!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 06:09 PM

That is awesome in so many ways…...

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 12:11 AM

Thanks guys! I actually did something similar when making this project, only I used a chisel instead of a plane. The plane definitely gave better control, but a chisel (bevel down of course) works well too!

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 05:41 PM

Use your jack plane set course next time then switch to the block for the final pass or two and it will only take you 5 minutes instead of 20. Planes can do a good job of ripping if given a chance to run with a deep iron. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 11:35 PM

Of course, why didn’t I think of that?? Thanks Swirt!

-- Eric at

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