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Drawbore Pin Joinery on Split-Top Roubo (time-lapse video)

Posted on April 8th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, video. No Comments

A quick video showing the glue-up and assembly of the long rails on my Split-Top Roubo bench using drawbore pin joinery.

Split-Top Roubo – DIY Dowel Plate for Drawbore Pins

Posted on April 7th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

I have been at a standstill in the assembly of my split-top Roubo base assembly. I wanted to use the drawbore pin method of assembling the mortise and tenon joinery, but didn’t have a dowel plate to make my own dowels from the secondary wood Niangon I have been using on my project. With a 30-45 day wait on the dowel plate from Lie-Nielsen, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I dug through my pile of scrap metal left over from a table and bench project I built a while back and found a 5″ piece of standard rolled steel … Read More »

When you cut a mortise on the wrong side…

Posted on March 19th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Typically this can be a pretty glaring error no matter how well  you can patch or hide the mistake. This is exactly what happened to me this weekend while I was marking out the mortise for my split-top Roubo leg glide vise. The glide rail is mortised from behind and then secured with some pegs from one side. The front of it remains exposed on the front of the bench for all to see. Unfortunately, that’s the side that received the first several plunges of my bench-top mortiser. D’oh!

My stomach sank. I only have so much of the Niangon wood … Read More »