Split Top Roubo Bench Build #12: Finish up the leg vise

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Blog entry by ic3ss posted 03-25-2015 02:37 AM 2986 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a surprise today, more funds available in the budget than I thought so I went to the lumber yard and got the wood that I needed. Got it all milled up and the front rail is now in the clamps. Due to my clamp shortage, I’ll have to glue up the last leg after I get home from work tomorrow night. But that’s good because it’ll set me up perfect for next weekend’s activities.

I picked up a 2 – 5/8” forstner bit for the plastic bearing ring, a 4” forstner bit extension for the 1 – 1/4” bit so I can drill through the leg, and a router edge guide for cutting the mortises in the legs. Today I just wanted to get the leg vise done.

So the leg vise works, I don’t have the plastic bearing ring mounted yet, I’ll do that after the base is done and I can really test it for alignment. But for now it just works. I think the only thing about this Benchcrafted kit that I don’t like are the six wood screws that mount the acme nut and the plastic bearing ring on the leg vise. They’re flat head button head screws. I’m sorry but I really don’t like flat headed screws just in general, but when they have a button head, all of the torque is at the outside edge of the head which just happens to be where the metal tapers down to nothing. These little bastards strip out on me every time.

Oh well, enough of my rant. Next week I have two new legs to mill down and a bunch of mortises and tenons to cut. Then it’ll be time to assemble the base. Woo-Hoo I’m almost done.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.


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#1 posted 03-26-2015 12:17 AM

Always nice to have more funds than you thought. Everything looks really nice. Everything is so nice and clean with sharp corners, etc. Looks precise! Maple and walnut? Good contrast. I’m not sure what a button head screw looks like. Are the screws slotted for flat head screw driver? I never liked those kind of wood screws either. I recently got a box of 50 count 3” screws that I call “bunk bed” screws because they remind me of those screws that you sometimes see on manufactured bunk bed furniture. They are finished with a slick black coating – glue does NOT stick to them, which is exactly what I needed as I’ve been using them to hold stuff together during glue up (boring out the 3/16” screw pilot holes to 5/16” and using some old oak dowels as a kind of wood nail to finish). The reason I mention this is the type of multi-pointed “star” type of driver and screw head on them – it is REALLY strong and easy to drive with power drill – they don’t want to slip – good grip with driver. Maybe you could find some replacements for what Benchcrafted sent with the kit? Cool that you are nearing completion on a very nice looking workbench!

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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