Roubo-inspired Workbench ... with construction lumber. #2: The Second Slab

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Blog entry by kr580 posted 01-09-2018 04:48 PM 2290 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Second Slab

Here’s the second batch of boards squared up. I was able to fix the jointer knives over Christmas time so these are all dead square now. Oh, how much easier everything was.

Second slab all glued up. I maybe got a little excited with the glue. I didn’t have a second set of hands for this one so I smothered it a bit to make up for lost time. Oops.

With the boards now straight and square I didn’t have to hock off 3/32” from the whole thing like before. Pair that with a sharp blade and this was so much easier!

I told you I got a little overzealous with the glue…

Once both slabs were flattened on their mating faces it was time to combine them. I didn’t get a picture but the original slab which had been sitting around for 2 weeks developed about a 3/32”-1/8” bow in it. I panicked a bit and started thinking about how to fix this before I jump to any conclusions. Thankfully DFir is so soft that my cauls were able to cinch down the gap plenty easy. I took my time to do a proper glue layer to maximize the strength on the faces. Let’s just hope the glue holds!

That’s it for now. I’ll get more steps done this coming week hopefully. Can’t wait for the actual difficult steps…

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#1 posted 01-09-2018 05:39 PM

I kept wondering what you were possibly going to do with another slab, since the first one was so wide. I was thinking along the lines of a split-top roubo.

That is one thick, heavy slab. It must weigh a ton. How thick is it? 6 inches?

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 06:45 PM

It weighs a decent amount but not too heavy. It’s a mild effort to lift with two people but not horrible. It’ll be perfect to keep the bench in place and not walking around as I plane stuff.

It’s just about 5” right now and I’ll take off a little bit in the final surfacing operations.

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