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Roubo Workbench #1: Here we go!

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 02-18-2019 03:40 AM 782 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Roubo Workbench series Part 2: 2 youtube videos of what to expect in regards to Benchcrafted solo/retro crisscross and tail vise »

For the last year, everytime I ventured into a BORG store, I took a gander at the douglas fir 2×10’ and 2×12’ offerings, always looking for those pith in the middle to give that quarter sawn growth ring aspect. On top of that, the pieces would also have to be knot free on the edges. On top of that… I have to get access to the pieces (sometimes, they are under 20 boards). Well, all came to an end when I believe I have enough selected boards that have been sitting for months.
And one of the ways to initiate a large project such as a Roubo workbench is something to light the fire, instead of researching and watching and reading up on how to build one. So… after a Monster coffee drink, I did just that.
I have been re-doing my entire workshop since completion of my shed project last spring. It came to my realization my shop was not efficient at all, even though I had mostly everything. Bye bye PM66, kept the Unisaw. Built a 80”x48” torsion box assembly/outfeed table, put my miter saw on a 15’ torsion boxed floating shelf. Am now ready to work with 8’ ripping pieces on my table saw.
I set the fence to 4.5” (am shooting for 4”+ workbench depth) and proceeded to saw. Upon that being all done, took the best of the best pieces to the jointer for the 1st laminated slab. Minor defected ones (dinky shallow knots) will go into the 2nd slab.
The Jointer. Love hate relationship. Only because, not matter what I did, I always had the beginning piece of lumber 1/8”-1/4” shallow than the end on long boards. Drove me up the wall as I thought I was doing things correctly all these years. Maybe is just how it is when jointing long boards? Dunno. But now I’m happy. Through some digging, I saw a video of a guy who put no downward pressure on the board at all, while pushing from behind. He said this is how he fixed his V shaped jointing issue. I tried it…and now things come out as they should be. However, since I’m working on 8’ pieces, I horizontally push the board through the blades about 24” then placed downward pressure to keep the piece moving along. Seems to work.
Got about 2/3rds done before 55 gallon drum maxes out for dust collection. I called it a night there since it’s 6” of snow and chilly. Can empty the can out tomorrow.
I’ve already purchased the Benchrafted tail vise a number of months ago. Finally, will be able to install it :) Ordered the criss cross leg vise hardware today.
Things are getting there.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"



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#1 posted 02-18-2019 06:33 AM

Have fun, took me about 6 months total time to build my bench, lots of times just thinking about what and how to do somethings? LOL! really didn’t have a plan! I had obtained some great Birch for the build but ended up only making the base from it and using Maple for the top, about 12” 5 1/2” thick for the Tail Vise and the rest 3 1/2” .
Went with the opposite grain orientation for the top, in my mind would be more staple and easier to keep grain in one direction for final flattening?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-18-2019 06:36 AM

I have no plans as of yet either :) But I shall. I hear the tail vise needs thought. Same for leg vise.
But I know I’ll have a 7 foot long bench so doesn’t hurt to get selected wood pieces to be machined. No glue or screws yet til I get plans

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 05:44 PM

I hear the tail vise needs thought. LOL! Yup! after many hours and finally flipping top right side up got it installed,
got mine from Lee Valley, works but wish I could of got it a little tighter fit but think with the style I have it is as good as it will get? Bench ended up in a different location than first designed for so some limitations have occurred! Funny couple of weeks ago finally got around to making a ramp for the trough, only took 4 years?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 03:19 AM

I’ll have to go download the plans. I have a couple unuseable boards due to large knots in the first 12”. Was wondering if I can use these boards where there are cut outs for the wagon vise assembly.
Oh…forgot to mention. I’m shooting for each lamination piece will be in the 12” area, and 7 foot long as a middle ground between 6’ and 8’. My current Lervad workbench is 6’ and…well… seems dinky. 8’ would be too massive as in I would need binoculars to see the other end.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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