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Forum topic by Troy Cleckler posted 12-25-2014 11:17 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Troy Cleckler

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12-25-2014 11:17 PM

Finally, shop is in order, dust collection is complete and working good and I’m ready to start working on the Roubo bench tomorrow. my question is, would it make much difference if I rip the 2×10 before jointing them. I have a 6” jointer so what I was thinking was rip, face and edge joint one each then run opposite sides through the plainer. Would that be an acceptable way to do it? I have no clue as to why I’m nervous about this bench. I’ve buildt furniture with lumber costing three times as much and to on the challenge without hesitation. It’s only a bench made out of pine, right? I guess it’s the jointery and such a large piece to work with. Excited about getting started just a little apprehensive.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 11:23 PM

You want to rip, then joint, plane and laminate.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Mark Kornell

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 06:52 AM

Yup, you can rip then joint. The 2×10s should be close enough to flat and straight that it won’t pose any safety issues with ripping first.

It sounds like you plan to run the equivalent of a 2×5 through the planer on edge to clean up the second edge. That is probably a waste of time. First, the board won’t be stable enough to stay straight up. It will end up either a little bit tilted or just fall over part way through. Even if you gang them together going through the planer. Yes, I’ve tried. Since you are going to need to flatten the edges after glueup anyway, you could simply not deal with that last edge until after you laminate a section. If you have an aversion to that, then use your table saw to clean up the last edge instead of the planer.

You might want to consider posting your workbench questions on the work bench smack down thread here as the folks who take a keen interest in workbenches tend to hang out there and your bench-specific questions may more readily find an answer.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 02:32 PM

When I built my bench (back in 2009) I bought 12 foot long 2×12’s, ripped them to a little over 3 1/2”, jointed one edge and one face, then planed them to 1 1/4”.

I laminated 4 sections (4 or 5 boards to a section), then laminated one 4 board section and one 5 board section. This was done so I could run them through my planer to get a final thickness of 3 1/2”.

Then I laminated the two big sections, using a set of cauls to keep them aligned. All of the lamination work was done with Titebond III.
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