|Project by SlideRule||posted 09-10-2015 05:30 PM||1795 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Another day, another Roubo. Inspiration and recommendations drawn heavily from The Schwarz’s book Workbenches. The bench is all construction-grade Southern Yellow Pine (easy to get here in North Carolina). I don’t have a planer or jointer, so most everything was done by hand using an old Bailey #5, a gift from my brother, and an old Stanley block plane that was my dad’s. My brother happened to come down and brought his Bailey #8 (which used to belong to our uncle).
As I sorted through the bin at the lumber yard, I found one piece that had this exposed live edge and knew that I had to include it. Wire-brushed it to get rid of any dirt/bugs and loose bark, and then poured clear epoxy all over it.
The American flag detail is pine and walnut. I had made the flag a while back, not sure what I was going to do with it. About halfway through building the bench I figured I’d inlay it—MADE IN THE USA.
The vise is the Veritas quick-release…can’t say enough good things about it. My shop is a little small to allow for a tail vise, though I could add one in the future. The Gramercy hold-downs are great and I haven’t missed a tail vise yet.
The sliding deadman is removable, and the “V” is cut directly into the bottom stretcher. All of the stretchers have a ½” rabbet cut on the top inside edge to allow for a shelf—I’m thinking of a ship lap shelf—or building a pair of drawers or something. I like having plenty of open space below the top, and like having the legs/deadman/stretchers/front apron all flush for clamping, so any drawers or anything would need to be set back. We’ll see.
All joints are draw-bored mortise and tenons. Except for the vise, there is no metal in the bench (no screws or nails).
Finished with BLO/Varnish/Mineral Spirits mixture. After building a Roubo, I understand what all the hype is about. Love working with it.