SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #7: Benchtop Divider

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 11-27-2013 08:16 PM 7552 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My bench has had a gaping…er…gap in the middle of it since I built in in December 2012.

Since I have Thanksgiving week off, I thought I’d remedy the situation. The divider is a simple piece made with two boards of sapwood-y black walnut with oak spacers.

The bench was quite useful for gluing the thing together.

The shot below shows that I staggered the spacers to accommodate different sized tools.

After a little cleanup on the table saw and some finessing with handplanes, it fits!

Next I added a “step” to the divider so that the top would protrude about 1/8” from the top of the bench, making a planing stop.

The maple shim rides on top of the horizontal top supports and the two bumpers keep it from moving.

With that finished, the divider functions as a planing stop for wider panels.

Disregard the fact that I have a handplane on plywood – I didn’t have a scrap of a wider board to use for an example, so plywood had to do.

Aaand, if I don’t need it as a planing stop, I just slide it back a couple inches and the spacers make nifty tool rests.

Thanks for looking. All I have left to do now is flatten the top and apply BLO! So close!


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#1 posted 11-28-2013 12:21 PM

Nicely done !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 02:46 PM

Great bench.

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

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 03:29 PM

Cool addition to the great bench!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 08:44 PM

Looks like very handy addition to your very fine bench. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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