Roubo iPad Stand #2

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Project by Snakeye posted 10-08-2012 08:40 AM 2158 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I built the last Roubo stand for my wife, my Mom expressed interest in one. Well, my parents came out to visit a while ago, and to give my Dad an experience in hand-tools only (he’s strictly a power-tool guy), we did a father-son project by each building a stand out of Blue Mahoe. I have to say, the blue-to-white transition of the wood is beautiful.

So we cut, and when the time came to crack it open along the hinges, you could hear the wood splitting… not good. After an hour of messing with it, we managed to get my Dad’s open, but noticed that 3 to 4 of the 7 hinges were split. Initially I had assumed it was because my Dad had not taken as much care with it as he should’ve in its construction. Then, with as much care as possible, I tried cracking mine open. The entire thing split down the middle of ALL the hinges. What a waste. Mine was a bust, and my Dad’s was limping on 3 hinges (which it would creak and bend slightly when you would try to open and close it).

Needless to say, my Dad didn’t take it home since it was damaged, and it sat on my workbench for a few months. A few people saw it when they were over and offered to buy it from me. I told them it was kinda broken and if they wanted it, then that was fine; they just had to take care when opening and closing it.

To not give them a completely crap product, I went ahead and shaped it, sanded it down and applied a clear finish on it. Granted, the hinges are still cracked (some of them), but I was extremely surprised at 1) how easy it became to open and close, and 2) how much more rigid the joint/wood was, after all the finish was applied! Rather than sell it to someone, I think I’ll send it back home to my Old Man for my Mom.

So, the lesson: Blue Mahoe is really hard wood (sanding the thing down was nuts!), but it must have a long grain because it splits really easily.

I have one more board sized for a Roubo Stand… I wonder if I can get it done without splitting it!

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 11:44 AM

Very nice stand. Seems like something that would be easy to sell if one wanted to, because of the huge market. I really love that blue mahoe wood, the colors are simply striking! You say it’s a very hard wood, but how porous is it? I would love to make a cutting board out of it, if I could avoid the splitting you had.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 11:56 AM

I have got to try one of these! How thick does the raw stock have to be?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 02:34 PM

lab7654: I think you’ll be ok building a cutting-board out of it. It’s great for that… it’s not very porous at all. It takes to the saw and plane well. Where it will chip on me is if I use hammer and chisel to chop the end-grain (even with a backboard in place). But if you cut along the grain is where it splits, which is exactly the cut needed for the iPad stand.

Smitty: Start with 4/4 (1” thick) stock. I’ll usually plane down the raw stock to about 3/4” thick and then start making the cuts and chopping out the hinge.

Thanks for the comments all!

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 05:48 PM

Beautiful wood. Good save.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 10:19 AM

This one is your best so far, I really need to get some of that wood for a project. The color is amazing. By the way, I posted a comment on “woodworking joints” it’s free on iBooks and you will love it.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 10:31 AM

Sorry the name is woodwork joints, it’s all about hand joinery

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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