|Project by Pezking7p||posted 08-10-2014 02:22 AM||3933 views||24 times favorited||29 comments|
I’ve not been into woodworking for long but I like my hand tools and it didn’t take long to realize I spent more time trying to rig up a way to hold something than it did to do the work. So obviously I went ahead and undertook a full on roubo build.
I wanted to keep the materials simple so I chose red oak for the top and poplar for the base. In retrospect I wish I had chosen maple for the base but I got a heck of a deal on the poplar. I lost a lot more to the milling process than I expected so I put two cherry filler strips in the top.
I went with a large leg vise chop with a sliding deadman, and a wagon vise because I think they are cool. The leg vise hardware is just a simple vise screw from lee valley, and the wagon vise is a homemade rig that I put together for about $30.
I learned a ton doing this project, and I screwed up a ton of things, too. If you’re reading this and thinking “gosh I want to make a roubo” my one piece of advice is don’t dovetail the legs into the top, and if you DO, get a rasp or a float. I tuned mine with chisels and sandpaper, and it was brutal!
Cheers and thanks for looking.
Wagon vise is ghetto rigged:
Dovetails and leg assembly:
Spent a lot of hours swearing at dovetailed legs:
Even put Mrs Pez to work:
Here is my lathe setup that I used to make the knob on my wagon vise wheel. This was my first time wood turning, it went better than expected. Used a 1/2” bench chisel.