|Forum topic by Infernal2||posted 07-27-2012 08:44 PM||1069 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
07-27-2012 08:44 PM
A few months back when I was getting returning to the woodworking (rather than the contracting) side of hobby I made a little workbench based off off the New Fangled Workbench Design. While it’s served me fairly well, I still can’t stand the little bench as its my guess that the NFWB really needs the full suggested length to help avoid racking. So after painfully reading through practically every post regarding workbench choice and doing a ton research I decided I’d knock together a Roubo. My space is still unfortunately limited but due to the massive leg and top design I figured the Roubo would be fine at around 5; x 2;. Well today I got the last of the bench to leg tenons done and I was a little disheartened. While my tenons are appropriately tight (and they are neither glued nor drawbored) I was still a little skeptical about the strength of this design.
So in something of a fit, I decided to flip the whole thing over, throw the legs in without glue or pegs and see how it held together. After all, what does Schwarz say? “The strength of the design is in the top?” Sure, I thought, we’ll just see about that.
And needless to say my skepticism was wrong. After I crawled on top of the thing I proceeded to try to knock it over and while it has a little rack at this point due to a lack of glue or draw bored pegs, the blasted thing actually works pretty darn well. Well enough to support my three kids, my wife, and I sitting on top of it. Would have made a great picture really, all five of us on top of a little 5’ long table.
So, now a couple of questions for those who have gone down the path. In the drawbore process, after you’ve drilled your initial holes and offset the tenon towards the shoulder, how far into the tenon did you drill your pegs? Halfway? All the way through? I’m now convinced that this project is going to turn out fairly well but I still want to be a hundred percent sure.