Finishing up the Roubo Workbench Base

Completed Roubo Workbench Base

Completing this workbench has taken more time than I expected.  I believe that is a common theme of life.  Today, I hit a major milestone.  I completed the base for the Roubo workbench build. With all the tenons cut, I just needed to chop the mortises and fit everything together. I started by clamping my … Read moreFinishing up the Roubo Workbench Base

That’s a bit of a Stretch…

Clamp your stretcher to your leg

With  all four legs fitted to the top, I’m rounding 3rd and heading for home.  That’s a bit of a stretch.  I still have many details to work out, a vise to install, chop and sliding dead-man to complete, and the stretchers. Fitting the Roubo Workbench Stretchers I milled up the stretchers much the same … Read moreThat’s a bit of a Stretch…

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