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Forum topic by benchbuilder posted 12-28-2011 04:58 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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benchbuilder

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12-28-2011 04:58 PM

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I have a question for those of you who have built the Roubo or Holtzapeffel workbench. The top is attached to the base without any means for allowing it to expand or contract without moving the legs with it. So if this is true, do the streatchers on the leg assemblies end up with gaps do to the expansion/contraction. If so is it enough to worry about. I know this design has been around for a long, long time so it must be good and the expansion/contraction problem not a problem. Is this true???


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#1 posted 12-28-2011 05:49 PM

Well, the Schwarz says apparently it’s not a problem, or something like that.

I made mine with two 1/2 inch draw bolts on each end of the front to rear, short stretchers and through tennons on the long stretchers. The bolts further act like pins to lock the tennons into the legs. My bench is a solid as a battleship.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 07:16 PM

I have built several workbenches but not one of these two types and always with expansion in mind. But it seems that isn’t a big problem. I just wanted to hear from someone who had built one of these styles and how it was performing. thanks for the reply

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 07:29 PM

^criminy. I responded to this at length and I lost it. In summary, check out Carter’s Whittling (LJ). He’s built an outstanding bench and he put a lot of thought into joinery and movement. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks Bertha, I will do that

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 11:56 PM

Hey Benchbuilder, here’s that link:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56298
Beware, though, the bench is phenomenal.
I’ll employ several features on my upcoming bench.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 01:52 AM

thanks Bertha.

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