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Blog series by Holbs updated 05-28-2018 08:52 PM 5 parts 6294 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: Parts arrived from Blackburn Tools, 8/4 white oak purchased. Getting ready.

05-18-2018 05:04 AM by Holbs | 1 comment »

My Roubo frame saw kit (unsharpened and holes pre-drilled) arrived over the weekend from Blackburn Tools & Isaac Smith, thanks to Shannon Rodgers inspiration. I want to see how this saw can benefit my wood working experience. Will this be a valid replacement for a Laguna 14/12 $1000 bandsaw? Let’s find out…. Wow…look at that 4” x 48” 3 1/2” PPI blade :) Impressive! I purchased 8’ board of 8/4 white oak (a species I’ve never dabbled with...

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Part 2: stretchers complete. rough draft assembly just to get a look at what can be

05-22-2018 01:44 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Finished up the end arms and worked on the stretchers. Started off with hand planing to a large extent with winding sticks and try square. I did give it a go but ended up using jointer/planer machinery in the end. I’m just not good enough (yet) for 100% hand tooling. Arms are suppose to be 3” deep but I come in at 2 3/4” because of my hand planing mistakes. Added 1/2” to the stretchers to make up the difference. And then a dry fit run just to see how big this fra...

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Part 3: working on the arms and handles. rasp, rasp, and more rasp/filing

05-25-2018 03:50 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

I used my bandsaw to cut out most of the waste. Then came rasp and file time to roundover the edges and to tidy up the round handles. I acquired this rasp and assortment of files via auction, no named, unknown condition…but works for now. I think I’ll look into some new rasps pretty soon. My first time using a rasp for this purpose. Came out not too shabby but not 100% perfect. Will have a fair amount of sanding to do soon.

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Part 4: Stub tenons and mortise, 4 coats of shellac, sanded to 400, parts dry assembled

05-27-2018 04:50 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Almost done with this frame saw. Tomorrow, will joint/sharpen/set teeth and will be 100% ready to go.

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Part 5: Completed

05-28-2018 08:52 PM by Holbs | 2 comments »

Spend a good portion of Memorial Day Monday to joint & sharpen the 48” blade. Assembled and ran it through a 8/4 white oak piece. Cuts like buttah :) Posting in project section now.

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