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Forseeme

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10-09-2017 08:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: roubo workbench stumpy nubs 2x6 wood

Back in January, I bought about thirty or forty 2” x 6”’s, with the plan of making a Roubo workbench. I was setting up a shop in a new space, and I figured the bench would be a cool project. My dad was a wood carver, and he liked to do relief work. I thought it would give us a chance to spend some time together.
I purchased the stumpy nubs plans, sifted through a bunch of Home Depot 2”x6” piles, and then brought home and stickered the boards. I figured I would give them at least four months to dry (yeah, I’m not a perfectionist). I got focused on a few other projects in the new shop, and did not get to the bench right away. Unfortunately, my dad passed away about 6 weeks ago.
When I finally got back to the shop, the stickered piles were a bit depressing to look at. I thought maybe I might make the bench anyway – kind of a way to remember him – but I’m not a carver, and not much for hand planning or cutting dovetails by hand. The bench would not get much use from me (I was really making it for him).
So…long story short – I have a bunch of dried out wood that I can return to Home Depot, but wanted to see if anyone here wanted to buy it off me first. I’m sorry if I’m violating some “don’t sell stuff” rule – and if I am, please remove the post. I just thought if there was someone out there who wanted to make the bench, and didn’t want to wait to dry the wood; this would help. Not looking to make money, just get what I paid. You can have the Stumpy Nubs plans – I never built it, so I don’t think giving them away is unethical (Stumpy – if you read this and disagree, just yell, and I’ll pull it)
For the sentimental among you; don’t worry – I will be keeping 3-4 of the boards. I plan to use them as part of a regular bench I plan to make (more of an assembly table sturdy enough to put a vise on, and tall enough that I don’t have to bend). IF I could use all the 2×6’s to make a tall bench for me, I might consider doing that – but I make my benches tall, and if I put all the 2×6’s into the top, it would be more than a bit top heavy.
I’m in Nassau county, Long Island. Email or reply to this post. If I see no interest over this week, I’ll just bring them back. Thanks.

P.S.: Sorry for the “artsy” pictures – my son took them for a photo class this past spring.

In case you were interested, here’s the kind of work he did (he was a good guy):


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jonah

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 08:59 PM

Sorry for your loss. The carvings are beautiful.

I’m not sure you can actually return the boards to HD some ~9 months later.

On the other hand, you could easily make a very stout workbench by ripping an inch or two off the boards and laminating them together for a top. Just make the legs, stretchers, and such out of the 2×6’s as well. You’ll make a lot of jointer/planer shavings, but you’ll have a very stout bench. My version of the $175 workbench is made with construction lumber 2×6s and 2×8s.

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Forseeme

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 11:24 PM

It’s a thought. Between the mortise and tenon’s and drilling for those barrel nuts, it seems like a bit of a project.
Perhaps if I ripped the 2×6’s down the middle – and left the outside edge as it was (rounded) since it would face down – or is the 2 5/8” final thickness too thin?

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#3 posted 10-10-2017 01:06 AM

Personally, I think 2 5/8” is in fact too thin. I’d recommend something around 3 1/2 – 4”. Mine is about 2 7/8” and I’d like it to be a bit thicker.

You can get by without the barrel nuts and mortises and tenons if you use lapped joints between the legs and stretchers. You can bolt the stretchers to the legs after letting them into the legs and end up with something perfectly sturdy. I’ve seen a design like that, but I can’t remember where.

Cutting an inch and a half off the boards will mean a good amount of waste, which is why I used 2×8s for mine.

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#4 posted 10-10-2017 02:23 AM

I made the stump plans, and just ditched the threaded rods. I also left out the holes for the square dogs. Made the whole things way less work. And it is a super sturdy bench still.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Forseeme

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#5 posted 10-11-2017 03:06 PM

Jonah – yes,m it will be a lot of waste (unless I can come up with some good use for loads of 1.5”x1.5” pieces)
Brian – Ha! It was the drilling and the square dogs that I was most not looking forward to. I had not considered just bailing on both those parts. Time to go stare at the plans again. Also – how did you finish yours? Stain first, or just blo or poly?

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bbasiaga

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#6 posted 10-11-2017 04:25 PM

Yeah I just ran solid pieces where the square dogs were, and put round dogs in where I wanted them. Easier forsure.

I also glued up the top in a couple od smaller sections so the clamp pressure was less likely to warp it. Supposedly that us part of why he has those rods in there. IDk…I thought it was overkill and so far I do not miss having them.

I plan to finish with Danish oil. I haven’t actually done it yet.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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rwe2156

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#7 posted 10-11-2017 05:35 PM

I’m very sorry for your loss.

If I may suggest to you 6 weeks – I know the memories are too fresh and painful for you, but why don’t you hang on to the lumber & get through the holidays and next year rethink it.

I think it would be very neat to go ahead build the bench in memory of your dad. Maybe you could incorporate a carving into the bench somehow. It would be something you might pass on to your son one day.

But you can take the lumber back and get some more if you change your mind, right?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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jonah

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#8 posted 10-12-2017 02:00 AM



Jonah – yes,m it will be a lot of waste (unless I can come up with some good use for loads of 1.5”x1.5” pieces)
Brian – Ha! It was the drilling and the square dogs that I was most not looking forward to. I had not considered just bailing on both those parts. Time to go stare at the plans again. Also – how did you finish yours? Stain first, or just blo or poly?

- Forseeme


The drilling is actually quite easy. Construction SPF is pretty soft and you can drill it with any kind of 3/4” bit. I used a spade bit and a scrap piece underneath to prevent tear out. It only took about twenty minutes to drill all the dog holes.

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 10-12-2017 02:16 AM

I returned about a dozon red wood boards I had for over a year. I did not have my receipt, and did not tell them how long I had them. But the were in perfect condition, and dry. Home Depot took them back with no question. And lack of a receipt, they gave me store credit.

-- John

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Forseeme

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#10 posted 10-12-2017 03:09 PM


The drilling is actually quite easy. Construction SPF is pretty soft and you can drill it with any kind of 3/4” bit. I used a spade bit and a scrap piece underneath to prevent tear out. It only took about twenty minutes to drill all the dog holes.

- jonah

The dogholes I wasn’t too worried about (I have already gone crazy with those on a Ron Paulk workbench) – it was drilling the holes for the threaded rod that spooked me. I figured I would have to make a jig of some kind to ensure they all lined up. If you went with no rods and it worked out, that’s what I’d be willing to give a try.

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