|Forum topic by Logan||posted 01-29-2014 05:09 PM||906 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-29-2014 05:09 PM
Hi Guys – First time poster, long time creeper. Finally have room and a bit of time, so I am starting on my workbench. About 10 years ago, I was doing a lot of woodworking with power tools, but never hand tools. Recently, however, I have started down the slippery hand tool slope, and discovered that a bench was probably the most important tool of all.
So begins my adventure to build a roubo bench.
I picked up some reclaimed bowling ally off craigslist, at what I think is a great price. I did not realize until I went to look at it that the Maple sections were nailed together, every few inches (a 40” wide 8’ section, 2.6” thick). There is probably hundreds of 4” twisted nails through out the whole section. I do understand that in order to do this correctly, I should go through and pull all nails, and glue everything together, and that would eliminate all of my problems. Unfortunately, I am under a bit of a time constraint…Wife and I’s first baby is due in July, and the requirement for me to build a bench and buy a new table saw (hereby taking over my 1/2 of the garage) was that I finish a crib for baby. So unfortunately, I do not really have the time to go back and pull ALL of the nails.
Here is what I have completed so far: As I said, these sections are nailed together, and I can find no glue residue what so ever. Because they are nailed, the rigidity on the 40” width (which will be about 36” final dimension) is very poor – the weight causes it to flex very badly. To remedy this, what I have done is run a dado about 20” from each end that spans the whole width. I have then counter sunk 1.5” washers and a nut on each end of a 1/2” all thread rod running through the dado . Everything stiffened up very nicely.
My plan now, is to use a router leveling jig to flatten and level the bottom side, and laminate on at least 1, 3/4” plywood layer – possibly 2. After those are laminated on, everything will be flipped over and then I will skim the top surface with the router again to make sure it is nice and flat. Then it will be on to the base.
WHEW – After that book, I finally get to my question. While cutting the Dado’s (circular saw + Chisel) and boring the counter sunk holes for the washer/nut, a thought dawned on me. How the heck am I going to bore 3/4” dog holes through this maple, and how am I going to get past a nail if (when) I hit one? Does anyone have any advise on this? I was planning on boring holes spaced every 8” or so, but I am re-considering only doing dog holes along the front edge to work with the wagon vice. Thoughts? I will post pictures of my current progress later tonight!