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Roubo Workbench #3: Table top about ready for glue up. Jointed, planed, selected.

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 03-04-2019 04:00 AM 793 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really gave hand planing a try. From the Stanley #40 scrub plane, #5, #7, and #4. Spent all day Saturday trying to work the magic. Practice makes perfect? Well, I have lot more practice to go then. Did practice on a 4”x6” board for a bit. Even gave a go at a 6”x6” that will become the legs. I know douglas fir species is not kind to hand planes. I think I’ll use machinery whenever possible for this type of wood for now on.
I did machine joint all table top boards before my jointer pulley blew up. Another pulley on order but not here yet. Threw them all through the planer at 4 1/8” height. The 2 slabs come in around 11 1/8”-11 1/4” each. Selected the best of the best for #1 and corresponding numbers.
Will let them air through the night and see if any fine tuning is needed. Then, glue up begins.
Oh… just working on these pieces filled up my 55 gallon dust collection bin. Ug.

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



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Andre

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#1 posted 03-04-2019 06:49 AM

The secret is a LN 102, takes a little longer?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#2 posted 03-04-2019 03:19 PM

I guess I don’t have the “do it all by hand” bug. I love my hand tools and they are indispensable for furniture making. that said, stock preparation is one of the things that power tools do really really well and you are not doing it “better” by doing it by hand. I do dovetails by hand as indeed that is “better” but working rough stock or ripping boards are classes of activities that have been not only automated, but really improved.

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Holbs

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#3 posted 03-04-2019 07:46 PM



The secret is a LN 102, takes a little longer?

- Andre


I will, of course, use hand plane to flatten the top to the required precision. But when it comes to converting rough lumber to dimensional lumber.. I’ll be using machines on douglas fir for now on.

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

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BlueRidgeDog

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#4 posted 03-05-2019 07:43 PM

The top will be no issue compared to what you have done. I made a scrub plane out of an old blade for my #4 and it blasted through the top of my bench.

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Holbs

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#5 posted 03-06-2019 04:36 PM

I have spare #4’s and #5’s and even a #6. One will become a shooting plane, another one will become scrub plane. I’m thinking #6 for shooting, #5 for scrub. The #40 was definitely too small.

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

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Holbs

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#6 posted 03-06-2019 04:41 PM


I guess I don t have the “do it all by hand” bug. I love my hand tools and they are indispensable for furniture making. that said, stock preparation is one of the things that power tools do really really well and you are not doing it “better” by doing it by hand. I do dovetails by hand as indeed that is “better” but working rough stock or ripping boards are classes of activities that have been not only automated, but really improved.

- BlueRidgeDog


Dog… I have all worth while wood working machines in my shop and I use them all. However, I still want to learn how to use hand tools enough to feel confident to use it correctly when I reach for one.

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

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