Roubo #1: The beginning, top.

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Blog entry by bondogaposis posted 01-15-2013 02:26 AM 3464 reads 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another Roubo build here. This is something that I really need. My old workbench that I built 30 years ago has gotten a bit rickety for hand planing I have found. I want something solid, so the only thing that moves when I plane a board is the plane. So I have begun to embark on a Roubo build. First step is the glue up.

Leveling it up.

I decided to go with poplar for most of the top. I have a cheap source of kiln dried poplar. I also think it is kind of soft for this application so for the front of the bench and the dog hole strip I am using ash. The bench will reside against a wall and most of the abuse will be on the front side where the wagon vise and leg vise will go. I am using Benchcrafted hardware for both the wagon vise and the leg vise.

Second step is to create a large rabbit for the wagon vise screw. This was a major excavation and a plunge router was employed. You are looking at the underside here.

Here it is finished.

The next step is bolt on the end cap. Here are the nut pockets I excavated for the bolts that holds the end cap.

Next up are the huge dovetails for the side to end cap joint.

Then to make the pins on the end cap. The end cap is red elm, I had a piece of this that was about the right size and I thought would be good for this application. This is still in progress and where I will end for tonight.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 02:36 AM

Very exciting stuff here, enjoy your build which is the fun part. Will be watching this beauty in progress best of luck…BC

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 02:46 AM

good start

-- Joel

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 02:57 AM

i’m watching!!! thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!]

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 03:12 AM

Looks like you are off to a good start.

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 05:39 AM

Great setup, plan and progress!

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

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 03:11 PM

Great start! You’ll love the bench. I used Ash for the entire top on mine. It has worked out great, but it was a workout to flatten by hand! The popular might also keep the top from getting too slick. Mine turned out way too slick, so I am about to do some seasonal flattening and will rough it up a bit so boards won’t slide around so much.

Good luck on your build.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 03:58 PM

Looking very, very good. I really like the way you are doing the bolt-on end caps. If I were to build another one, I’d do the end caps that way. Looking forward to more posts on this build.

PS, how’s that mallet holding up for you? It was nice to see it in your shop.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 06:22 PM

Brandon, that mallet is working great. This project has a lot of big mortises and I find that I am reaching for it all of the time. The balance is great, thanks again.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 06:25 PM

Looks terrific!

-- Miles

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 03:28 PM

You did this in one day? That’s pretty amazing. Onwards!!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 11:24 PM

No, I did not do all of it in one day, I wish. This series of photos covers 3-4 hrs of shop time/day spread out over a week.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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