Roubo Workbench Build: Chopping Mortises by Hand

Roughed out mortise

The mortises in the top are huge.  When I say huge, they are caverns of darkness that suck the life force from unsuspecting victims.  They measure two inches wide, by 5 inches long, by two inches deep.  There are four of these soul sucking vampires to slay.  If you want to face these monsters, you’ll … Read moreRoubo Workbench Build: Chopping Mortises by Hand

Roubo Workbench Build: Leg Tenons the Hybrid Way – Video

Roubo Workbench Build: Tenons

I intended to demonstrate cutting the large leg tenons for the Roubo workbench build two different ways: by hand and with the aid of a band saw.  Unfortunately, my camera shifted while I was cutting the tenon cheeks.  Consequently, you’ll only get to see my poor cross-cutting skills today. Marking Out I like to start … Read moreRoubo Workbench Build: Leg Tenons the Hybrid Way – Video

Roubo Legs: Squaring End-Grain

Squaring end-grain with a low-angle jack

There’s a bit of stigma when it comes to squaring end-grain.  It really isn’t all that difficult.  Just follow the same rules you do for long-grain and make sure you have a sharp plane iron.  The real trick is ensuring exact, crisp layout. Start by knifing in your line using an accurate square.  Assuming your … Read moreRoubo Legs: Squaring End-Grain

Roubo Workbench Update: She’s Got Legs…

Roubo Workbench Legs

The Roubo workbench project is finally starting to come together.  I have all four leg blanks glued up.  Two legs have been 4-squared, and I will complete the other two legs tonight.  Then, I will cut them to length and start working on the joinery. Milling up the legs was much easier than milling the … Read moreRoubo Workbench Update: She’s Got Legs…

Roubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

Roubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

Everything I’ve done for the past 6 weeks has built to this bench top completion.  It isn’t easy milling up 8 ft long sub assemblies that weigh over 50 lbs apiece.  However, the wisdom gained was worth the effort invested, and the rest of the Roubo build to should go more quickly. I can’t believe … Read moreRoubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

The Importance of Planning

Failure to Plan

I’ve heard it said that, “failure to plan, is planning to fail”.  This is how I felt yesterday afternoon as I prepared to glue the two halves of my bench top together.  I quickly discovered that I had forgotten to purchase more paint rollers to spread the glue.  I didn’t have a sufficient alternative, so … Read moreThe Importance of Planning

Roubo Build: Jointing Wide Edges Dead Square

Jointing Wide Edges by Hand

Jointing wide edges can be tricky. Fortunately, I did my research. It was time consuming, but not difficult.  If I can do it, so can you. Before you joint an edge it’s important that you establish a reference face that is flat, straight, and free of twist. I covered how I accomplished this here: Milling the … Read moreRoubo Build: Jointing Wide Edges Dead Square

Crap Wood for Good Workbenches

I think that anyone interested in building a Roubo should seriously consider yellow pine. I found this post from Christ Schwarz immensely useful in selecting the very best lumber from your local Borg. Build a great bench without breaking the bank. Crap Wood for Good Workbenches You can find links to my other Roubo posts … Read moreCrap Wood for Good Workbenches