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Mini-Roubo from Oz #2: My first workbench build: The Legs and Rails

07-26-2019 02:08 PM by siggykc | 3 comments »

Okey-dokey, Please, do bear with me folks. I posted my next entry accidentally as a comment….whoops! I’ll see if i can delete it and re-post it here as I’m meant to. Legs: Wooh! Who doesn’t like a good set of pins! The leg construction is all mortise and tenon. The Benchcrafted Tail Vise requires a certain amount of space between leg and the edge of the bench top to accommodate the mechanism.I had seen other people with shorter benches bore a hole for th...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #1: My first workbench build: Background

07-25-2019 10:08 PM by siggykc | 3 comments »

Hi all, I’m new to this forum, and have been finding it a great resource in general. I figured I should contribute a little bit to it. So here it goes, my first workbench – a MINI ROUBO!(You can find it on my Instagram under Siggykc) I know “Why not go the full hog and build a full sized Roubo??” This is just to put it into context, as I simply lack the space to house a full sized Roubo workbench. I am an average bloke (I work in the city) living in a small flat ...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #16: The Wood Working Blues

10-18-2016 11:59 PM by EarlS | 1 comment »

I’m a huge fan of the Blues. The Blues are my go-to music in the shop. Stax, Chess, MUddy Water, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, the list goes on and on. Well, this week I’ve been singing the Woodworking Blues. I’ve been working on the finish for the walnut desk top. Cutting the openings for the cords went well. I made an mdf template that ran the full length of the top with notches removed where the openings needed to be cut. A little dusty, but the end result t...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #15: Drawers

10-13-2016 01:49 AM by EarlS | 3 comments »

There are as many different approaches to drawers as there are woodworkers. The way I see it, a drawer is a box that slides into an opening. The use and type of drawer decide what is needed. In this case, the drawers don’t need to be fancy or complicated. The center drawer is 2” x 12- ½” x 24”, the side drawers 11– ½” wide. The drawer box is ¾” maple to give it a nice clean appearance. A cherry front will match the rest of the desk, and the drawer bottom is ¼” walnut plywood to add a vi...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #14: Breadboard Ends

10-08-2016 03:09 AM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Before I jumped into making the breadboard ends I decided to do some reading and get a little more explanation on wood movement and what role breadboard ends play. Excerpts from Popular WoodWorking magazine website: “Boards expand and contract at a greater rate across their width than they do along the length. How much they expand and contract is more a matter of species and final resting place than anything else. Also, wood tends to expand and contract more actively toward the bark ...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #13: The Big Top

09-30-2016 01:21 AM by EarlS | 1 comment »

I didn’t really spent much time thinking about how the desk top would be built. I planed and jointed the walnut along with the maple and cherry. I proceeded to glue up the panels using a biscuit jointer. With a top this large (39×72) I used 4 – 10” wide boards and glued them in pairs then glued the pairs together. I also clamped the ends and middle to keep the board from cupping from the clamping pressure. From there I glued up the final 4 board panel. After...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #12: Framing the Drawers

09-17-2016 01:25 PM by EarlS | 1 comment »

After dry fitting the legs and stretcher I moved on to glueing things together. Wedges were pounded into the tenons. I never really put much thought into making thin wedges so when it came time to make some, I was at a loss. I wound up using the tapering jig on the table saw to rip thin, tapered strips to use as wedges. It was probably not the most efficient or creative way to make them. Anyone have a good way to make thin wedges? Cutting the wedges off and sanding them smooth w...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #11: Moving Along

09-09-2016 01:54 AM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Things finally are moving along, unfortunately, a little too fast in the case of the beveled through tenons on the bottom apron and the long stretchers. I forgot to cut the bevels on the tenons BEFORE I cut the arches. As a result I had to come up with plan B. As you can see from the picture, it entails a long fence on the miter bar and a longer piece of sacrificial wood clamped to the miter bar and the stretcher. Probably not the preferred method for cutting bevels on the tenons, b...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #10: Arches for Aprons

09-04-2016 02:01 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

Finally feels like the project is starting to move along. Alex from Glass Heritage just told me the glass for the inserts have been cut. He sent some pictures so I can approve the colors. Meanwhile, I’d better pick up the pace if I want the desk to be complete by the time the glass is ready. Making smooth arches seems to baffle a lot of folks. The problem is that most arches require a combination of a circle with a large radius and just the right amount of flattening the circle...

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Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #9: Time to Talk Tenons

09-03-2016 01:07 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

Time to talk tenons. I’ve made tenons using 3 different methods, a router with a straight bit, a stacked dado on the table saw, and a tenoning jig. Tenoning Jig:I discarded the tenoning jig some time back because it was a pain to set up and keep things square. I never could get the miter bar tight but not too tight and keep things running parallel to the blade which made for tenons that were tight on one end and loose on the other. Long tenons were also a problem since the saw blade wil...

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