|Project by sammarine||posted 05-09-2015 08:38 AM||5848 views||12 times favorited||18 comments|
After 25 months, I’ve finally completed my Split Top Roubo Workbench made of tropical hardwood (Shorea genus of Dipterocarpaceae family wood or simply called “Kayu Meranti” here in Malaysia).
Updated (add on) : May 10, 2015
Usage of Meranti Wood (Shorea) on my workbench. Many commentators did inquire about meranti wood(kayu).
How do I describe/explain other than stating it is a tropical hardwood? Well, here are some comparisons and wood texture with reference to other hardwood such as teak, mahogany, resak (Cotylelobium melanoxylon). These hardwood has a very high fibre cellulose density and are heavier, making them rather hard to carve and shape. Meranti wood on the other hand has a lesser density fibre cellulose as compared to teak or cumaru wood, thus making it easier to work with.
Once on a woodworking roadshow I did have a chance to feel whats like of a pine wood. Comparing meranti wood and pine wood, I would say that meranti is a lot more heavier and densier than pine. Planing a meranti wood on a hand plane is time consuming takes a lot of effort but its certainly easier to work with comparing to teak.
Meranti wood also gives you a nice smooth surface finish when linseed oil is applied. From the pics that I posted, it is quite evident that the wood changes color as it absorbed the oil. Here’s a pic of before and after linseed oil application . Before and after
p/s Hi Charlie, I hope my description on Kayu Meranti enlighten you on the type of wood it is.
Updated : May 09, 2015
Duration : 25 months, inclusive of 12 months for wood drying time and bench parts gathering.
Type of Wood : Tropical hard wood, Shorea genus of Dipterocarpaceae family wood or simply called “Kayu Meranti” here in Malaysia.
Parts Gathering : Benchcrafted Tail Vise, Wagon Leg Vise (various local hardware stores).
Person involved : Myself
Wood Finish : Linseed Oil only.
Tools : Hand tools ( Chisels, mallets, hand saw, etc.), Power tools (trimmer, router, mitre saw, jig saw, hand sander, hand planer, etc.)
As a novice and a hobbyist in woodworking, some minor mistakes were made during the crafting of this workbench. Crafting this workbench was the largest project that I’ve ever undertaken and I’ve learned a lot from it. Details on my mistakes working on this bench can be viewed here
Some lessons learned crafting this workbench are,....
1. Don’t be hasty when woodowrking.
2. Research thoroughly onto a project before initiating it. i.e funds, time required, etc.
3. To made 100% sure that the wood is dry enough to start crafting it.
4. Get or invest on sharp and reliable tools (not those cheap chisels that you can buy from mall ). In the long run its worth it.
5. If possible try purchasing a machine wood planner is much easier and less mistakes are made when it comes to flattening and joining wood together.
6. Be sure to coat all metal parts of the project (screws included). Here, humidity level is super high and things will get rusty real quick.
I think I’ll have to stop here and let you guys read my blog for the progress made during the crafting of the workbench. link
Do leave a comment or two for self improvement and upgrade, thank you for reading my posting and blog.
-- Sam, Malaysia, http://split-top-roubo-bench.blogspot.com/