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‘Gilligan’s Island’ Roubo Workbench #1: The beginning of the end of what's been a very long beginning...

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Blog entry by SMEAC posted 02-07-2022 04:37 PM 729 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve named this ‘Gilligan’s Island’ AKA: Gilligan… the reason for such a name (doesn’t everyone anthropomorphize their tools/builds? ????) It will become immediately understandable for the name.

About a year and a half ago (I think, guess I should go back and look at the date of my drawings/cut list/shop notes), I purchased (12) 2”x12”x12’ southern yellow pine lumber (SYP]. Most are relatively clear, have no knots, and just the occasional inclusions in any of the piths. I’m certain that I saved plenty of cash having purchased it before the insane lumber costs set in fully. Also, that it’s sat stickered inside my shop/barn for so long that I’m certain that the great benefit of how SYP hardens over time will result in crisper joinery and an advance investment of time for the top to harden up to its maximum janka rating. I have cherry selected for the end cap and chop, but also have plenty of 12/4 pecan that’s dry and ready for use too.

Next, I’ve long ago received a leg and wagon vise from Hovarter Custom Vises. That is the leg vise being the VX20 with the crisscross that they call the x-link. The wagon/tail vise is the VX20W. I may also purchase their twin screw face vise, that provides a 24” non-racking capacity. The decision will be made dependent upon the solid feasibility of using the Veritas twin screw considering the planned thickness on my bench top. Since the Veritas in a true under bench mount and I’ve got to determine if insetting the vise into the underside of the bench in order to reduce the leverage/offset between the bottom of the vise chop to the top of the mating of chop to bench top. I know that the Hovarter will have none of those issues because it in designed to be inset to the bench bottom with the through screws. Picture in your minds eye a face vise that mimics a integrated moxon vise against what will be a substantial bench top face. I desire the face vise because I can, + if I don’t do it at time of construction and then later choose to add a twin screw face vise, I can envision a very difficult install; I want to work wood, nor spend time working on my bench. I’ve also already have on hand my dogs, wonder dogs, and hold downs from Veritas. I have on hand too, a pair each, of Grammercy and Lie-Nielsen holdfasts. My planning stop is from Crucible.

At any rate, I’ve got the stock cut for the legs and the glue up for those is tonight. Now that I’ve stated publicly that its officially a WIP, I trust that it will serve as motivation as I struggle through the winter. Please feel free to share your thoughts, critiques, and advice as I blog/share this project.


S/F, Shannon AKA- SMEAC

-- S/F, Shannon *** “Smooth is fast, Fast is Smooth..”.



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CL810

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#1 posted 02-07-2022 06:05 PM

This will be fun to watch! Nothing better than a bench build. Have you come across the workbench thread? If you haven’t come join the builds in progress. Lots of discussion just recently about the Hovarter vises.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 02-07-2022 06:12 PM

what is it you say about tools?

:-)

Good luck on the pending build!

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

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EarlS

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#3 posted 02-07-2022 06:27 PM

I pretend to think of my long, drawn out roubo build as more of well thought out….

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

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robscastle

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#4 posted 02-07-2022 09:48 PM

I usually dedicate them to whoever gives them to me

And BTW I am not that old either!
I bought it second hand from a friend and still as good as the day it arrived.

-- Regards Rob

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SMEAC

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#5 posted 02-13-2022 11:59 PM


Have you come across the workbench thread?

- CL810


I have seen the workbench thread, but I must admit it hurts my skull to navigate. It’s always been my experience that in long standing hive mind subjects, that when the thread isn’t nested within source/response hierarchy that nearly all resolution of the topic is lost (or at least its very very noisy). I only personally know of a few guys who have built with hovarter, so seeing others learning/teaching points will be welcomed. Thanks CL

-- S/F, Shannon *** “Smooth is fast, Fast is Smooth..”.

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Monte Milanuk

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#6 posted 02-15-2022 03:06 AM



I have seen the workbench thread, but I must admit it hurts my skull to navigate. It s always been my experience that in long standing hive mind subjects, that when the thread isn t nested within source/response hierarchy that nearly all resolution of the topic is lost (or at least its very very noisy).

Glad to know I’m not the only one who feels that way ;)

Looking forward to seeing your build with the Hovarter hardware. Nothing wrong with the Benchcrafted stuff, for sure, but it is nice to see some alternatives out there.

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