Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Woodwhisper Guild Roubo Build-Part 4

The last two evenings I haven't had any time in the shop, except to clean up a bit.  But, this weekend, which started on Friday, I awoke to a damp and frosty morning.  It was the perfect start to a blissful weekend in the shop.

The first thing I worked on was the finishing touches on the mortise and tenon for the end cap.  This was the second tenon I've cut.  The first was at WIA '11, where I was fortunate enough to have Adam Cherubini give me some one on one instruction on sawing.

For my second tenon and a monster tenon at that, I did pretty darned good with my new Bad Axe Beastmaster and Wyatt Earp saws.  The tenon required very little work to fit just right into the mortise.

The fit was just about perfect.  I left the cap a little proud on both sides to allow me to flush it up after I've got everything together.
Next, I went back and poured over the PDF from Benchcrafted and the Sketch Up plan that  Aaron Marshall has put together for the The Woodwhisperer Guild before I started drilling holes to both attach the end cap to the top and the ones needed for the tail vise.

The Benchcrafted instruction are VERY clear that a perfect fit is essential for flawless operation.

Next up was the part I was dreading the most.  I really hate dust and have tried to design excellent dust collection through out the shop.  The one weak area is any hand held routing operations.  On the next post I'll review the Triton router I bought in response to the mess made when I routed the channel for the tail vise screw.

The initial fit looks very good.  I think it will be dead on!

For the next exercise I got to put my sharpening station to good use.  I drilled the holes for the bolts that attach the cap to the bench and drilled and chiseled out the holes to capture the nuts.
You can see in this photo how hard the winter growth rings are in this Fir.  After talking to Shannon, who is my Hand Tool School teacher, I'm increasing the angle of my bench chisels from 20 degrees to 25 and adding a steeper micro-bevel.

In the midst of all this, I managed to mill up my legs, deadman, and leg vise boards.  I'm going thicker on the legs than in the plan.  Mine are 5 3/8" x 4 1/4".
Hopefully, this weekend I'll finish up the top and move on to the base!


Shannon said...

I sure do love the look of this wood Vic. I think you will really treasure this bench for years to come because of the story the wood has to tell. Great work!

David said...

Turning out great, Vic! thanks for bring us along.

Aaron said...

Looking fantastic, Vic! At this rate, you'll be done with your bench before the final version of the plans is completed. Kind of making me look like a slacker, buddy!

Vic Hubbard said...

Shannon - I'm really surprised how quickly the wood I've exposed is turning darker. I think in a few years it will be really beautiful.

David - Thank YOU for coming along!

Aaron - Your Sketch Up plan for the guild has been indispensable in me getting this far. I need to see if you'll schedule some one on one Sketch Up class with me. I'd be more than happy to pay for your time!

Unknown said...

Vic, Just caught up on your posts. Wish I lived closer so I could stop by and point out spots you missed. Just kidding, but would be nice to be a witness. Nice to hear the wood is darkening already. Just finished a couple of small cherry pieces today and each one is next to a more mature cherry pieces. I'm anxious for the color to richen.

Seems like a good time of year to be in a toasty shop, working with the re-purposed wood. You are a hero.

Unknown said...

why is the comment labeled UNKNOWN when I signed in using Google account?

Tom Buhl said...

testing 1-2-3

Vic Hubbard said...

Unknown/Mr. Tom Buhl! Thank you! I wish you lived closer, too. I still haven't found any like minded people here in SE Washington.