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Dang, this Roubo build isn’t cheap!

Posted on February 24th, by Andy Brownell in Gorilla Glue, Projects, Uncategorized. 4 comments

Let’s break things down here so far:

 ~200 bd/ft log of hard maple cut by local sawyer: $250.
Materials for outdoor drying rack: $80
Milling of maple on heavy equipment (4 hrs of machine time): $240.
Benchcrafted Bench builder’s hardware kit: $750.
Miscellaneous pieces of maple or use of Niangon (estimated): $150.
Additional clamps (estimated): $200.
Resharpening my tool blades from the hard maple: $40.
2-3 bottles of Gorilla Wood Glue: $0 (thanks guys)

Total: $1,710.

GULP!

Fortunately, this should be the last bench I build for at least 50 years.

Anyone else want to share their price tag so far?

Split-Top Roubo: Tweaked From the Start

Posted on February 19th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Gorilla Glue, Projects. No Comments

I knew right away that I would be making some tweaks to the overall plans from Benchcrafted’s split-top Roubo workbench. My 350 sq/ft shop simply can’t accommodate the full sized bench at 87″, that is unless I want to smash my elbow when planing wood on it. Because of this space limitation, I’m going to do the “baby” Roubo that is ~72″.

This is fortunate because the top laminate pieces (from a locally-harvested log i dried over the last three years) were really twisted and it took some work with Frank David of MidWest Woodworking to get that out of the … Read More »

Lounge Chair Seat Cushion Support Ideas?

Posted on February 14th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects. 2 comments

Back in October at Woodworking in America, I was knee-deep in assembly and glue-up of a pair of lounge chairs. These each have about 78 mortise and tenon joints. And thanks to my Powermatic PM701 bench top mortiser, the work went much faster and more accurate than I had even hoped. Money well spent.

I take no credit on the design of these, only the fabrication from a rough PDF of this chair design (Winward Lounge Chairs) by Thos. Moser. I love his stuff, but could never afford it.

They are all finished and waxed up, and only require the … Read More »