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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-11-2012 10:43 PM 1118 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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06-11-2012 10:43 PM

Has anyone here (successfully) made a Roubo bench from southern yellow pine with drawbored joints? I’m gluing the top and will soon start working on the mortises, which means that drawboring is in my near future.

My questions are: (1) what offset did you use for the hole in the tenon, and (2) what type of wood did you use for the pegs?

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Rileysdad

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 12:09 AM

I did a bench in ash last year and offset the bores by about 1/16”. I used oak dowel. I’d advise you to get a dowling plate (Lie Nielsen sells them). I used dowel stack from the home center and the diameter was not consistent.

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Newage Neanderthal

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 03:54 AM

If you can drill a hole in steel you can make a dowel plate. Off set a proud 1/16” (3/32”ish) and use a hard straight grained wood, I used white oak in mine.

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BubbaIBA

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 03:20 PM

Brett,

I’ll have a personal answer to your question in a couple of days. I’m cutting the tenons for my SYP Roubo base as I type and will draw bore it together. I’m planning on using 5/8 oak pegs with a 1/16 offset.

The Schwarz builds most of his benches out of SYP and draw bores them together, shouldn’t be a problem.

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Brett

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 03:24 PM

BubbaIBA, I saw Schwarz’s blog where he mentioned using 5/8” pegs. That seems rather large, so I’ll be interested to read about your experiences.

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Ripthorn

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 03:25 PM

I’m doing my bench out of doug fir and plan to drawbore with 1/2” oak dowel with about a 1/16” offset. My test joint was rock solid.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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