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Blog series by Holbs updated 03-11-2019 01:03 AM 5 parts 5172 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Here we go!

02-18-2019 03:40 AM by Holbs | 4 comments »

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...

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Part 2: 2 youtube videos of what to expect in regards to Benchcrafted solo/retro crisscross and tail vise

02-19-2019 05:30 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Found these 2 videos from the Fine Tools website that has CAD and Sketchup drawings of the Roubo workbench. Also fantastic start to finish youtube videos of the Benchcrafted solo and retro criss-cross and then tail vise installation. Gives a great idea of what you are going to be doing. And comes with awesome German elevator music :) Just wanted to share such info from Fine Tools to those who could be interested. View on YouTube View on YouTube

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Part 3: Table top about ready for glue up. Jointed, planed, selected.

03-04-2019 04:00 AM by Holbs | 6 comments »

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 to...

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

03-10-2019 04:05 AM by Holbs | 6 comments »

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.

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Part 5: Flattening the tops, mostly.

03-11-2019 01:03 AM by Holbs | 5 comments »

Started with my #5 1/2 to get the glue off and do a rough flattening of the top. Will fine tune flatness upon sitting on base structure. Quickly realized, going way too slow. Out comes #40 scrub plane. Much much faster! Finished with #7. Took roughly 3-4 hours using #5 1/2. When I swapped to scrub, took an hour. Lessons learned.This leaves me with 4 1/8” or maybe 4 1/16” thick of both slabs.

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