Roubo sharpening bench – the not so grand finale

12/10/2015 OK, I realise this will not be the most exciting post in the history of woodwork blogging, but seeing that my site is in the first place a way for me to document my journey for myself you will have to bear with me. This will however be the not so grand finale to … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – the not so grand finale

Roubo sharpening bench – part 12

28/9/2015 By 18h30 yesterday evening the bench was finished and in it’s place. When I say finished, it means that it is adequate for it’s intended use over the next year or so. It will simply function as a stand for my drill press, a permanent sharpening station, grinder and a few more things. Once … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 12

Roubo sharpening bench – part 11

21/9/2015 It gives me great pleasure to report that the bench was successfully glued up yesterday. Before I show you those pictures, let’s just look at the lead-up . In the pictures below you can see how the dowels finally came into being. I changed the cutter on the dowel cutter to a ¼” size and … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 11

Roubo sharpening bench – part 10

14/9/2015 As the bench is approaching it’s glue-up stage, it is as if my toil has taken on a new verve characterised by a strange mixture of pep and angst. At this stage I plan to get it assembled in the next couple of weeks. The pictures below should  suffice as an explanation of how … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 10

Roubo sharpening bench – part 9

7/9/2015 I managed to do a little bit of work during the evenings last week. One of those tasks were to add two strips of Meranti to the sides of the bench top’s centre beam. These strips comes from a doorframe. A friend of mine Anton Nel, rocked up at my shop a few weeks ago … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 9

Roubo sharpening bench – part 8

24/8/2015 The time finally came to properly use my new Bad Axe tenon saw. As you can see in the pictures below, I used it to cut the massive tenons of the long stretchers. It was quite easy to cut with the aid of the saw horses that held the stretchers at a comfortable hight. … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 8

Roubo sharpening bench – part 7

10/8/2015 It was a wonderful day when I was able to move on to  activities other than planing this past weekend. I first drilled out most of the waste from the massive mortises in the top with a 1″ Irwin bit and Stanley no. 923 brace (12″). Then followed the removal of the waste from … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 7

Roubo sharpening bench – part 6

3/8/2015 I really like my hand planes, but if I do not see them for the next few months it will be a blessing of note. After almost a month of hand planing these freaking beams for the top of the bench, I am sooooo over planing it is not funny. In the pictures below … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 6

Roubo sharpening bench – part 5

20/7/2015 This particular instalment should actually be entitled “The weekend of the plane”.  That was literally the only tool I used all weekend, if we disregard the workbench as a clamping device. I feel as if I’ve been hit by a barrage of no. 8 Jointers. In the pictures below you can see the setup … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 5

Roubo sharpening bench – part 4

13/7/2015 It has been quite some time since I’ve had the opportunity to play in the shop. It felt very good to get into that zone again to progress this project. In the pictures you can see how I used the actual parts to mark out where the mortises should go in the legs. This … Continue reading Roubo sharpening bench – part 4