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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #90 on: October 12, 2022, 07:26 AM »
Looking great Matt! After a little oil fills in, you'll be sitting around gazing lovingly on those dovetails and won't notice a thing. 

Home stretch.

RMW

You said these were your first dovetails of any kind. Well, let me assure you that many woodworkers would be envious to have such nice dovetails as a first!  [drooling] Just like Richard/RMW says, after a while you won't notice such small defects anymore. And other people will most likely not notice at all. Well done!  [thumbs up]

Thank you guys. I aim for perfect and if I fall a little short that's okay as long as it doesn't affect anything structural/functional. I'm cruising now and can't wait to get the tail vise finished up so I can play around with it:



I'm in a chat with 3 other guys building these or variations of it and we all agreed if we had to do another it wouldn't take nearly as long now that we've worked out how to do some of these tricky things involved in the build.

Thanks for following along.

Matt
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Offline ToolGuy42

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #91 on: October 12, 2022, 01:06 PM »
Awesome build! Gives me motivation to finally do one of my own…

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #92 on: October 13, 2022, 05:59 AM »
Awesome build! Gives me motivation to finally do one of my own…
Do it. I'm glad I am.







Matt


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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #93 on: October 13, 2022, 01:35 PM »














In case you were wondering, yes the TS55 can do a full depth plunge into soft maple. Final length on my tops is 77 7/8".

Matt
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #94 on: October 13, 2022, 05:52 PM »
That end cut you did is a great test of how well you assembled the blank (and your cutting skills).
Looks like you get an A+


Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #95 on: October 13, 2022, 08:52 PM »
That end cut you did is a great test of how well you assembled the blank (and your cutting skills).
Looks like you get an A+

Thank you. I carefully wrapped a knife line around the slabs.
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #96 on: October 14, 2022, 02:32 PM »






I mocked up a prototype dog based on the plans included with the STR build. Fit is nice so I used it to create a template so I can batch out the rest with a flush trim bit. I'm tying up loose ends like the dogs and the bottom shelf before I move on to attaching the tops.

Matt
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #97 on: October 14, 2022, 07:39 PM »
Looking good Matt

Ron

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #98 on: October 17, 2022, 01:48 PM »
Looking good Matt

Ron

Thanks Ron.

Here's my production setup in full swing. Taper jig to remove as much of the waste as I could before routing:



Double sided turners tape to hold it in place:



Vac sys to hold the template since I'm lacking a router table at the moment:





Each dog is oversized in thickness and planed to fit each hole:









Kind of a fun process. I have to make the rest of the springs and attach them to the dogs and make a custom dog for the sliding block. It's slightly different in size since I made a separate template to route that dog block versus the others. I may just do it by hand.

Matt
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #99 on: October 20, 2022, 07:09 PM »




















Glad that milestone is done. I'll let your imagination run free on how I was able to lift that base onto the tops by myself. I've stubbornly done everything up until now solo. I still have a few things left to do like rout for the sliding deadman, make the shelves for the base, shape the leg vise chop, flatten the tops and probably some other things I'm forgetting. I wasn't planning on being this far along so maybe early November to have it 100% done. The tops are surprisingly flat so that is a relief.

Matt
« Last Edit: October 20, 2022, 07:12 PM by DynaGlide »
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Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #100 on: October 20, 2022, 07:17 PM »
Beautiful Matt! Congrats.

That's an heirloom you'll enjoy using for years.

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline hdv

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #101 on: October 21, 2022, 06:31 AM »
That's getting to be a really nice and sturdy bench! I expect you'll have many years to enjoy using it ahead of you.  [thumbs up]

Offline festal

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #102 on: October 21, 2022, 07:17 AM »
Looks great

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #103 on: October 21, 2022, 07:18 AM »
Beautiful Matt! Congrats.

That's an heirloom you'll enjoy using for years.

RMW

That's getting to be a really nice and sturdy bench! I expect you'll have many years to enjoy using it ahead of you.  [thumbs up]

Looks great

Thanks guys. I was thinking decades, not years. I'm only 37  [big grin]
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Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #104 on: October 21, 2022, 07:48 AM »
Several multiples of tens of years...  [poke]

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline Mini Me

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #105 on: October 21, 2022, 08:20 AM »
What a great bench, I am curious why you did not do the dog holes with an open side and glue a board to it to close the holes.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #106 on: October 21, 2022, 08:47 AM »
@Mini Me

Post #74 on page 3

That's what Matt did

Ron

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #107 on: October 21, 2022, 09:00 AM »
Great progress, Matt!!!   [smile]
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #108 on: October 21, 2022, 09:28 AM »
Looks excellent Matt. Great job. Are you going to use a router sled to do the final flattening or go old school and use a plane and winding sticks?

Ron

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #109 on: October 21, 2022, 09:45 AM »
Looks excellent Matt. Great job. Are you going to use a router sled to do the final flattening or go old school and use a plane and winding sticks?

Ron

Thanks Ron. I think I'm going to opt for the router sled, and here's why. I didn't orient my boards to have the grain running the same direction during glue up and I think I would get a lot of tearout if I tried to do it by hand.
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #110 on: October 22, 2022, 06:31 AM »










I was able to knock this off the punch list. By design that dog lands directly over a tenon on the front leg. I had already made the access hole on the leg I just needed to mortise for the dog once I had the top on. I was nervous doing that but I took it slow with a 3/8 chisel and cleaned it up at the end with my 1 inch chisel.

Matt
« Last Edit: October 22, 2022, 06:37 AM by DynaGlide »
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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #111 on: October 31, 2022, 10:00 AM »
Welp I lost about 10 days to the flu and strep with my kids but I'm finally getting back to it. Last week I managed to get my leg chop shaped despite having very little shop time. I just plugged away at it a little bit at a time. This is one area where I really, really, badly wanted a bandsaw. I used an assortment of router bits, my drill press, chisels, hand saws to get through it and it wasn't pretty or fun but the outcome is what I wanted:



The top is kind of ugly. I haven't decided if I'll try to hide it or just let it be:



I was also able to knock out the groove for the sliding deadman:





I'm very close to being able to permanently attach the tops with Spax screws through the rails. I just need to do some clean up work before applying finish which will be easier with the tops removed. Once that's done I can go ahead and finish everything and come back and make the sliding deadman, shelves for the base, the gap stop for the top and it should be all done.

Matt
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #112 on: October 31, 2022, 12:30 PM »
Looks really good Matt. That spot isn’t ugly, it adds character.

Ron

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #113 on: October 31, 2022, 04:15 PM »
Well done, Matt!   [smile]
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #114 on: November 08, 2022, 11:07 AM »
Photo dump time. I've been busy. Everything is done except for applying finish. Gap stop is made and planed, I put a little ramp on one end so I can just lift the opposing end up and slide it between acting as a planing stop and being flush. No slots for tools at the moment. My thinking is I want to limit places for junk and dust to fall through the top to the shelf below. I only put in 4 holdfast holes in the rear slab for the same reason. I can always add more, can't take them away. The first holdfast hole I did isn't straight but that's on me for not getting the starter hole perfect before hand drilling the rest of the way. Other 3 are perfect. They all do their job, albeit that first one bugs me when the holdfast goes in skewed. Nothing to do about it now and lesson learned.

Sliding deadman was kind of fun to make. I decided to go with a different look for the sides than most because I don't own a bandsaw and that template shape was one I had lying around. I like it as it gives me a "handle" at the mid point to move it around.

The shelves were finished up yesterday. I had to resaw some 8/4 leftovers to make them and let them hang out for a few days before doing the shiplaps. It took me a while to figure out how wide to make them to get even gaps and still span the width of the bench underneath. Lots of SketchUp involved. I went with a 1/16 roundover on those because I like the look.

Any questions, ask. Too many operations to explain them all.



































After adding that crubber material (ground up cork and rubber) to the vises it's incredible how much better they grip a board with so little force. I just lightly spin the leg vise wheel to clamp and the board will not move.

For finish I was originally going to go with danish oil all over. I've since decided not to do that based on this being in my house and not wanting that stench lingering for weeks or more. I'll probably go with water based poly on the base since it doesn't see much abuse and for the top I'm leaning toward 2-3 light coats of 50/50 shellac sanding sealer. My concern isn't so much about having a super durable finish on the top. I want something that will give some protection and is easy to repair. 2-3 light diluted coats should provide that without making it overly slick. Open to suggestions. Whatever they are it has to be easy to use and can't be stinky or too much of a film.

Matt

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Online Doug H

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #115 on: November 08, 2022, 11:21 AM »
Beautiful work! I have enjoyed following your progress.

-Doug

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #116 on: November 08, 2022, 03:16 PM »
Outstanding work Matt. You’ll be able to use that for many years.

Ron

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #117 on: November 08, 2022, 04:37 PM »
Outstanding work Matt. You’ll be able to use that for many years.

Ron

Hear, hear!!!   [thumbs up]
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline mattgam

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #118 on: November 09, 2022, 01:43 AM »
I'm a self described Osmo addict and even I went the shellac route on my benchtop.  Its going to take an massive beating so shellac is plenty of protection. I did go with pastewax also and am glad it eventually wore off as it was much too slick.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Roubo'ish bench
« Reply #119 on: November 09, 2022, 07:51 AM »
I'm a self described Osmo addict and even I went the shellac route on my benchtop.  Its going to take an massive beating so shellac is plenty of protection. I did go with pastewax also and am glad it eventually wore off as it was much too slick.

Thank you for confirming my decision. I'll make the base look nice with poly and the top will just get the shellac treatment. Hoping to wrap this up this week.



Outstanding work Matt. You’ll be able to use that for many years.

Ron

Hear, hear!!!   [thumbs up]

Thanks Willy. Let me know when you want to come see it. Careful though, I fear you'll be itching for one of your own if you do.

Outstanding work Matt. You’ll be able to use that for many years.

Ron

Thank you Ron. I'm looking forward to it.

Beautiful work! I have enjoyed following your progress.

-Doug

Thank you Doug.

I'm still a bit in disbelief that I made this thing. I had never milled a board before this project let alone cut a M&T joint, or a dovetail, or so many other things involved with bringing this all together. I haven't picked my next project to put it to use but I do know I need to come up with an adjustable storage solution for the hand tools I've been acquiring with many more to come.

I shut my shop down for the holidays every year so I will have some time to think about what's to come.

Matt
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