My Roubo Workbench. #5: Part 6 Sliding Deadman

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Blog entry by joedillon posted 01-03-2016 11:14 AM 1548 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When milling up the material for the bench at my firms workshop i created a right angled triangular rail for the deadman to slide across, a couple of opposing 45 rips followed by a 0 rip was enough to create the slide. This was cut to the shoulder length of the front slider, glued and clamped into position.
The underside of the top received a 12×20mm groove between the two front mortices created by a router and parallel fence.
I cut a birds mouth at the bottom and a tongue at the top with a tenon saw and cleaned and scraped the cuts with a chisel.
After a few height alterations the deadman ran smooth across the length of the sretcher.

I wanted to add some detail to the stretcher so i created a template from 18mm MDF, clamped the template to the deadman and cut the form using a 12mm bit in a 30 mm guide bush with a half inch router. Lots of shallow, controlled cuts left a finish that only required light sanding to clean it up.
a small rounder was applied with a router to all the edges and the deadman was complete for now, i am going to wait until purchase a deadman before i bore holes to receive it.

in all honesty im not altogether happy with the way the deadman looks, i hadn’t accounted for the offset of the bit and guide bush when creating the template and the detail just looks wrong. I can reform the edge at a later point if i decide i can’t live with it.

i have photo documented the build on instagram @joedillon

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 03:12 PM

Nice bench build so far. I don’t see anything wrong with the shape of the deadman. It’s details like this that will really set it off.

Following along and taking notes for my bench someday.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 03:38 PM

Thank you Jim, I was just hoping for something more elegant. It isn’t a disaster and it will probably remain. Please please do build your own bench, it’s been a brilliant experience.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 03:46 PM

Looks fine to me

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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