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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #6: This project is going to the dogs

07-17-2021 02:35 PM by EarlS | 18 comments »

Working with plans that someone else made can be challenging and even a bit confusing. The Benchcrafted plans have a fair number of idiosyncrasies that require a bit more thought and consideration beyond just “measure twice, cut once” to get things right. At the front of the top is a bench dog strip that provides a series of holes that hold the bench dogs that are used in conjunction with the tail vise to hold a board on the bench top while working on it. The bench dog ...

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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #5: Mortises and Tenons, and more

07-04-2021 12:33 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

The base (legs, rails, cabinet supports) are finally finished. Well, finished except for finish. That was kind of the theme of this phase of the build, finished except for finishing. First, a couple pictures of the assembled base. The walnut has been wiped down with a coat of Watco Black Walnut, and the cherry legs were wiped down with a coat of Watco Cherry Danish Oil. They will get a couple of coats of semi-gloss Arm-R Seal a little later in the process. Following the plan...

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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #2: Finally, Milled Stock - Part 1

06-05-2021 01:02 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

After most of a month spent using the bandsaw, planing, jointing, cutting, gluing, clamping, then more planing, jointing, gluing, clamping, and just a bit sanding I have the main pieces for the bench. White Oaktop back section: 4-1/8×12 x 87 – 7 boards on endtop front section: 4-1/8×8 x 85-3/4 – 5 boards on end Walnutupper side rail: 3-1/2×2 x 24lower side rail: 4-1/2×2 x24lower front rail: 4-1/4×3 x 43-1/8lower rear rail: 4-1/ 2×2 x 45-5/8 ...

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Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Workbench #1: Where to Start? At the beginning, of course

05-19-2021 12:57 AM by EarlS | 20 comments »

Woodworkers like to showcase their skills and what better way to do so than to make a work bench. In fact, Lumberjocks has entire forums with thousands of posts about workbenches. Workbench Smack Down (part 2) is already some 20K posts long with plenty of amazing benches, lots of ideas, suggestions, and a bit of humor (think sexy work bench pose). I used a melamine and 2×4 work table for many years. I finally decided that this would be the year I build a proper work bench. I read...

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African Rosewood, Leadwood and Maple Workbench build #5: Completed top & Sliding Deadman

02-16-2021 02:18 PM by carrera4s | 4 comments »

It has been a while since I posted an update! I finished the hard maple top and used some wedged through tenons to fix it to the base. I also added a sliding deadman – also made for Leadwood – the same as the leg vice. I also made an “extension support” to be able to support long, narrow stock when planing them in the leg vice. Now it is only the end cap and wagon vice remaining. A few progress photos: Glue-up: Levelling the top: A wedged tenonR...

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African Rosewood, Leadwood and Maple Workbench build #2: DIY Castors for Heavy Bench - Video

06-13-2020 07:51 AM by carrera4s | 1 comment »

I hope that my workbench will be c 150 – 200 kg (330 – 440 pounds) when it is done so that it can stand still for any conceived hand tool operation. (My current Festool type Mobile MFT Cart is way too rickety – the whole thing shakes when I use even a small block plane). However, I also want it mobile, so it must have retractable castors. Christopher Schwartz reckons that the available commercial systems are too small, so he recommends not to add any castors. But I am a...

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Workbench #1: Roubo Workbench progress

01-24-2020 02:22 AM by JimYoung | 4 comments »

Hi All,It has been a while since I posted, or did some woodworking, so I thought I’d share the progress I’ve made to date on my new split-top, Roubo workbench. I actually bought the hard maple back in September 2018 at the LL Johnson fall woodworking show. They had good deals on lumber and there were quite a few workshops and presentation I sat in while they skip planned and straight edge ripped my selections. I bought the plans and hardware from Benchcrafted with some ...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #8: Applying finish to the bench

11-02-2019 02:52 AM by siggykc | 1 comment »

Well, what can I say folks. The last post basically covered the last of the chopping, drilling and gluing. Perhaps the next step is a little boring for some folks – applying the finish to the workbench. I’ll keep it short, as there is nothing about smacking a chisel with glee nor using an auger with the finesse of Haliburton’s best directional drillers. My apologies in advance. With the workbench structure complete, I sanded it all over by hand with 240 grit sand paper, removing the fin...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #7: Fitting the Bench Crafted "Glide" Vise and "Criss Cross"

09-30-2019 07:50 AM by siggykc | 4 comments »

G’day folks, It’s been a quiet one on my behalf as hayfever has struck me down the past few days due to the impending Spring here in Melbourne, Australia. I noted that the readership went down on my blog, perhaps because I am a little long winded? Please let me know and I’ll try adjust my style of writing accordingly. The Bench Crafted leg vise has now been fitted, and here’s how it went. When I was happy with how the workbench top fitted to the base, I rem...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #6: Mounting the tail vise and cutting the mortises for the workbench top

09-22-2019 01:35 AM by siggykc | 0 comments »

G’day friends, Last post you may have recalled I outlined how I cut, fitted and glued the 2 workbench top halves. I shall carry on from there. After unclamping, I took to both halves with a glue scraper to clean them all up before using a No7 plane to ensure the sides were all square to the bottom side of the top. The bottom is my reference point as it mates to the base of the workbench. The top can always be planed accordingly at the very end to bring it all into alignment. The next...

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