Roubo Journey Update #2

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Blog entry by Pat3 posted 04-08-2014 12:10 AM 2005 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long time since I did any work on the wood for the workbench. It was Steelhead season after all and a man has to have priorities :0), I landed 3 in this, my first season.

Now that the season is over, I have been busy processing the wood. The legs and stretchers were planed using the Dewalt 733, which was very difficult due to the weight of the wood.
Today I hand planed down the last rough sawn side of the second beam that will be used for the bench top:

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Here you can see a big divot at the end of the board:

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Here is the same board about 2.5 hrs later:

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When I finished that side about an hour later, 95% of the divot was gone, and since that side is an outside edge, I am not concerned about what was left.

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 01:21 AM

Get Some! That is going to be one beefy bench. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 03:06 AM

Thanks Eric, I can’t wait either. I am really looking forward to gluing up the top, but still need to dress the two sides of the beams before I am ready for that. I have enlisted the assistance of my neighbor to help lift one beam on top of the other for test fitting and then gluing. It is definitely going to be a two man job.

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 03:13 AM

Pat, what an undertaking! Epic! Love this one, will follow along for sure!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 12:22 PM

Pat, good hand work. A word of caution, when the top is glued up keep a few burley friends around to move it! Tried to get mine out of the cellar and two of us couldn’t make it up the stairs. Had to flatten there top by hand.

Definitely be watching your progress, good luck.

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

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 06:14 PM

Nice progress on those beasts.

Just a tip, for the glued edge, get some chalk and mark one edge, then put the other slab on top of it and move it slightly. The chalk will mark the high spots on the second slab. Plane down the chalked spots and retest. When there’s an even amount of chalk, they will mate and you are ready for glue.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 06:54 PM

Thanks guys, I still need to plane down the face side of one of the beams, it is a little thicker than the second beam. It is easier to plane it by itself before gluing them together. Once glued, the top will be 24 inches, so it will be hard to hand plane all the way across the top.

Ian, thanks for the tip on the chalk, I remember reading about that somewhere but had forgotten. I was just going to do the swing test once they were on top of each other.

I am taking a break from the hand planing today by making a couple of under the cabinet K Cup holders for our daughter.

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