Split Top Roubo Bench Build #11: A chop is born

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Blog entry by ic3ss posted 03-23-2015 11:21 PM 3043 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Mounting the Criss-Cross Part 11 of Split Top Roubo Bench Build series Part 12: Finish up the leg vise »

Today was a light day for me as I’m running out of things I can do until I get more wood, so today I cut out the side profile of the chop.

I had this piece of thin ply laying around so I ripped it down to size and put my alignment marks on it, then drew the shoulder using a french curve template. Using the centerline I was able to do both sides.

I clamped it on edge and sanded the template profile smooth then traced both sides on the chop.

I cut a bunch of relief cuts then cut out the profile on the bandsaw. I had planned on using the router with a straight profile bit to do the final shaping but I don’t have a bit that’s long enough with a top bearing. So I went ahead with the bandsaw and I was about to leave it until next week when I remembered my oscillating spindle sander that I’ve had for six months and never used. So that’s what I used to smooth it all out, then I put it on the bench and went at it with my new Preppin’ Weapon sanding block. Again, first time use. I found I could use it on the convex curve ok, but the concave curve was not so good. I was about to cut a sanding strip but I used my old credit card/glue spreader thing. I found if I backed the card up with one of the steel pins from the Benchcrafted kit it actually left the curves quite nice.

The only thing I can do until I get more wood is to make a mortise router template for the legs. After that, I’m at a standstill, so I guess that’s tomorrow’s project.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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