Roubo sharpening bench – part 11


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 cut a short section at the end of each dowel to that size. This made it easy to fit the dowels in a cordless drill to do a quick bit of sanding.


The dowels had these burnished areas coming out of the no. 77.


A quick sanding made for a very smooth dowel.


They were then chopped to length …


… and pointed using the BPS.


The hand made dominos were shaped using this block plane.


I used an array of rasps, a spoke shave and a block plane to cut the stopped chamfers on the legs.


The Marx-Roubo bolts each received their own little slot, which will be covered up with wood in future.


I used a mortise chisel, Lie-Nielsen router plane and my new 1887 Disston backsaw for this operation.


The wife was so kind as to help me with the dry fit and the actual glue-up a day later.


Dry run finished.


On Sunday afternoon it was time for the glue-up. The three beams forming the top remained 3 mm apart to allow for wood movement. The are only linked by the (unglued) dominos to ensure that they line up flush and support each other.


Annamie looks like an evil Urologist about to examine a victim’s prostate.


As you can probably see I used slow setting epoxy, as the glue-up took more than an hour.


All the draw pins and wedges in place.


Just a reminder why I make such a fuss with wood movement in terms of my bench design. This is the ambient humidity and temperature for the past month or so. By mid rainy season it would be up around 75-80%.


4 thoughts on “Roubo sharpening bench – part 11”

  1. Hey Gerhard,

    Amazing work! This really came together well. I’m also impressed with how quickly you’ve managed to pull it off. I know how tough that can be with a demanding job and two little ones vying for your attention.

    I’m still putting a roof on the chicken coop. It’s slow going, but if I get off this computer, I might just have it finished today. I better hurry up, chicks are arriving on October 7. Yikes!

    Take care,


    1. Hey Jonathan

      Thank you for the complement. My wife deserves a lot of credit for allowing me to toil away in the shop on a regular basis.

      I can not wait to see the coop, those chickens will not know how lucky they are. Good luck for the rest of the build.

      Kind regards

  2. Hourah, It’s almost done ! 🙂
    Wow from 20 to 75-80 % RH is quite a swing, it must really test construction techniques. I am amazed it get so dry out there.


    1. Thank you Bob, it is much appreciated. I have see several bits of furniture self-destruct as a result of the humidity swing. I see it as a positive as it really helps me to stay very aware of wood movement when designing pieces and seeing that the humidity is closer to 20% than 80% most of the year, my tools have a rust free life.
      Nice to hear from you

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