Shop stuff #154: Roubo bench Part 10...Legs and top joinery

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 03-30-2019 03:15 PM 669 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Perhaps the toughest, most challenging joint I have ever cut. But, that’s why I did it. For the challenge. It took me a long time to do it too. Working less than an hour at a time in an unheated shop in the winter. But I finally get all 4 done up and the legs in place. They are far from perfect, but they will be functional and with wedging they will look OK. Heck, even Schwarz wedges these joints on his, and he’s has a lot of experience at it.

Next will be the stretchers. I have seen some people do it in reverse order than I am. Building the complete base before attaching it to the top. To me it seems as broad as it is long. I can take my stretcher measurements right off the leg spacing with the order I am going in.

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#1 posted 03-30-2019 04:06 PM

Very nice work!
I’m doing almost the same, but in Norway, and I do the base first. Also, jusr a regular mortise and tenon joint, and for a split top roubo.
Looking forward to follow you update!

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#2 posted 03-30-2019 04:25 PM

Looking good!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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