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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 07-08-2012 01:50 PM 1079 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2012 01:50 PM

Last March I drove over to Austin to pick up a few hundred board feet of SYP for my planned Roubo bench. I let it set for a few weeks before I started milling and of course “life” intrudes. Long story shorter, I finished the last of the assemblies, the leg vise, this AM. The bench has a BenchCrafted “wagon” vise and leg vise and a 24’ wide split top. I’m not sure exactly how long it will be but it should end up just under 90” and I expect it will weigh close to 400 lbs. I have to give a check ride this afternoon but after that I’m off for the next couple of days and all that’s left is to draw bore the base together and fit the top slabs to the base.

I should be able to finish putting it together in a day or so, then it will need flattening, truing, and installing accessories. Still a good bit of work to go before it’s finished but I should have a useable bench within a couple of days. Photos once it’s standing on its own legs.


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#1 posted 07-09-2012 10:52 PM

I’ve removed the leg vise chop so I can lay the bench on its back, now all I need is for some muscle to make it home next door, grad students, I’ll be glad to let them show an old man how strong they are :-). I started to try and lay it down, I couldn’t even wiggle it. Once it’s on its back I can trim the ends, then back upright to re-install the leg chop and I will have a working bench. BTW. final dimensions are 24 1/4” X 90 3/4” X 4 1/4” and it’s 35” high. If you think in smart numbers it’s 616mm X 2305mm X 108mm and 889mm high.

I’ll make the center stop, deadman, and flatten the top over the next couple of days.

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 11:05 PM

BTW, I work 90% of the time in metric. The bench is based loosely on BenchCrafted plans, they were in Imperial. It drove me nuts. Why anybody would want to work in measurements like 17 and 15/16” is crazy. I’m glad this project is through so I can throw the Imperial rules and tapes to the back of the tool box.

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 11:09 PM

Bubba, no disrespect but why do you choose metric ? Just curious. Nice bench btw. JB

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 12:18 AM

Quick tell me half of 17 and 15/16 inches. Bet I’m quicker and will not make as many mistakes figuring half of 455.6mm :-).

It is just easier and I find I make many fewer measuring errors working in metric.

Thanks, my old bench was close to 30 years old and too small. It was time to build a new one.

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 04:01 PM

A few more photos of the bench. It is complete except for the “gap stop” and the deadman. Will finish the “gap stop” this after noon and maybe the deadman.

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 04:03 AM

One last photo of the bench. I had planned on flatting and truing the galoot way but chickened out when I found the left front was almost 2mm low. High would have been a different story, take the high point out and you are gold. Taking the rest of the bench down 2mm to match the low was too much like work.

I built a router sled and a couple of rails, the largest flat bit I could find in town was 1 1/2” so it took a number of passes to do the whole top but she is dead flat, true, and soaking up the first coat of BLO.

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