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Roubo Workbench #4: Glue and clamp of the 2 slabs of 12" wide x 4 3/8" thick x 7'2" long

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 03-10-2019 04:05 AM 747 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Table top about ready for glue up. Jointed, planed, selected. Part 4 of Roubo Workbench series Part 5: Flattening the tops, mostly. »

Purchased a gallon of Titebond II Extended just for this purpose.
Used 12” clamps along the 7’ length to keep the lamination boards in place, hopeful to reduce flattening time.
And now, overnight bed time for things to cure.

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



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EarlS

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#1 posted 03-10-2019 12:14 PM

I like your idea to put plastic under the boards for the glue squeeze out. I just glued up 3 3×3x36 pieces of oak and the squeeze out dripped all over the bench so I will be scraping it off this morning. Your way is a whole lot quicker.

I’m curious how you get the dried glue off the clamp bars and out of the grooves.

And I thought i had a collection of Bessey clamps….. this proves once again that you can never have too many clamps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-10-2019 03:13 PM


I like your idea to put plastic under the boards for the glue squeeze out. I just glued up 3 3×3x36 pieces of oak and the squeeze out dripped all over the bench so I will be scraping it off this morning. Your way is a whole lot quicker.

I m curious how you get the dried glue off the clamp bars and out of the grooves.

And I thought i had a collection of Bessey clamps….. this proves once again that you can never have too many clamps.

- EarlS

I picked up painter’s plastic from a local auction for $5 a roll so I can use upon my assembly table. Sure, would love waxed paper or such. But for $5, it works :)
How to clean clamps? I just posted a forum post of exactly just this. Has a Youtube video link in it that I’ll be doing myself when done with this project.
I have 36 (8 each of 4 different sizes) parallel clamps I have acquired over the years. 1/2 are the Jet 50% Christmas sales, others are Jorgensen Cabinet Masters (I love these the best), and Bessey’s (great for 1 handed operations). I have around 50 F clamps. Funny…have not touched one in a couple years. But I keep them cause who knows.

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

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#3 posted 03-10-2019 05:06 PM

Holbs, your post brought back memories of my build. I lived in fear of the slab falling on me.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 03-10-2019 05:12 PM



Holbs, your post brought back memories of my build. I lived in fear of the slab falling on me.

- theoldfart


I only have 12” wide slabs out of Douglas Fir. Not too heavy. Manageable. I think this will be my MK I tryout for a bench. Am thinking, hard maple or hardwood bench structure with more robust weight will be down the road. I just wanted to give my first sure to be error proned Roubo build a try with the most economical practical species of wood: douglas fir :)

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

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#5 posted 03-10-2019 06:07 PM

My topic oak with a couple of cherry racing stripes. It’s roughly 4” thick. The base is nominal 6×6 DF milled down to 5 1/4”. Plenty of beef, it doesn’t move. We won’t discuss the imperfections in workmanship. :-) It does what is was supposed to do, hold work solidly. If your on the other side of Donner, stop by, I’m 50 minutes from there.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 03-11-2019 12:59 AM



My topic oak with a couple of cherry racing stripes. It s roughly 4” thick. The base is nominal 6×6 DF milled down to 5 1/4”. Plenty of beef, it doesn t move. We won t discuss the imperfections in workmanship. :-) It does what is was supposed to do, hold work solidly. If your on the other side of Donner, stop by, I m 50 minutes from there.

- theoldfart


with this weather? might be sunny and 50 as I go over the gap…but upon return, 5 degrees and blizzard!

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

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