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Project by LBH posted 06-24-2015 04:17 AM 9041 views 26 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

I started a “blog” to document a tool chest I am trying to build. I will attempt to make drawer boxes with dovetails. In the blog I was asked to post to projects photos of the Roubo bench I just completed. (So I could make furniture)

It is the first furniturey / thing I ever made. It’s the first time I made a mortise and tenon joint. Thanks to Marc “The WoodWhisperererer” Spagnolo’s plans, videos, FOG, and youtube I was able to do a descent job. I learned a lot of stuff. There is a huge thread that covered the 10 week build on FOG. That’s where all my mistakes and recoveries can be followed over 500 posts. That’s a lot of folks that like pictures of sawdust.\!

The bench is made from soft maple with babinga accents. The hardware is from Benchcrafted.

All-the-best,
Luke

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.





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Andre

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 05:36 AM

Very nice Bench! them are some REAL Wedges!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 01:12 PM

Stunningly beautiful! You snuck up on us with this one. Excellent roubo.

Using a groove for the deadman, does it slide smoothly? Fill with debris?

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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LBH

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#3 posted 06-24-2015 02:12 PM


Very nice Bench! them are some REAL Wedges!

- Andre

I was given a link to David Barron’s video on using a wedge tenon for the bench legs. This is what’s so cool about forums and threads. I was just about to laminate the legs when I watched it. As I said I had never made a real M&T joint before. (A DF 500 doesn’t count). The joint made a lot of sense in this application so I made some test joints and went for it.

I refined it a little and added dowels at the apex of the tenon slot as found in “The Joint Book”. You get some seriously scary noises when you pound those bad boys home, but I knew from the test joint it would be ok.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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LBH

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#4 posted 06-24-2015 02:22 PM



Stunningly beautiful! You snuck up on us with this one. Excellent roubo.

Using a groove for the deadman, does it slide smoothly? Fill with debris?

- Buckethead

Good catch.
Perhaps the tenon should be on the rail and the slot on the deadman. The tenon might get damaged because it’s with the grain. I don’t know for sure as I was following the plan.

I attached a Delrin strip to the bottom of the deadman so it slides smoothly with debris and since I have to vacuum shavings from the floor, I just vacuum the slot too.. You have to push it from the lower half.

BTW: Which came first, the hand plane or the bench?

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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LBH

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 02:25 PM

I have some real issues with transposing numbers, mixing up L & R, CW & CCW, and spacial recognition. As a result there was a lot of collateral damage as I bungled my way through.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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CL810

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#6 posted 06-24-2015 04:14 PM

Great job Luke! Love the bubinga. I used Barron’s method for the through tenons as well and I think it makes a great joint.

What book illustrates the through wedged tenon?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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LBH

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#7 posted 06-24-2015 04:29 PM



Great job Luke! Love the bubinga. I used Barron s method for the through tenons as well and I think it makes a great joint.

What book illustrates the through wedged tenon?

- CL810

The Joint Book By Terrie Noll

It’s great. All Illustrations.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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LBH

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#8 posted 06-24-2015 04:31 PM

You may notice the non-traditional holes in the deadman.
I come from The Planet Luke. I used the Fibonacci sequence.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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Tim Royal

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#9 posted 06-24-2015 05:31 PM

There is also a workbench smackdown or you should at least add smackdown to the tags… I’m glad you joined Lumberjocks… welcome! I would never have seen this amazing bench otherwise (since I can’t even afford Festool’s Shop Vac). Beautiful work! I will read that thread now!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 06-24-2015 06:58 PM

Kudos to your brilliant bench! Love the joinery… Now go put that bench to work..

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 06-24-2015 07:13 PM

Outstanding work Luke congratulations on an heirloom bench!

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 06-24-2015 07:54 PM

Great job, Look fwd to getting a bigger shop and building one of these beauty’s.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-24-2015 09:41 PM

Love it. Good job!

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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glclark46

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#14 posted 06-24-2015 10:28 PM

Man O’ Man! It sure is a styl’n piece of work art. and functional too! Thanks for showing.

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LBH

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#15 posted 06-24-2015 10:52 PM

The funny thing is, it’s the only piece of “furniture” I’ve made.
There are probably bunches of guys on LJ that have made Amazing Pieces on a sheet of plywood and a couple of sawhorses.

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.

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