BACK TO THE ROUBO BENCH
So okay! I know! I’ve been screwin’ around with this project for a year or more. But I just got into other things…. You know how it is. Right? Well, anyway, I’m back at the Roubo bench project and it is the priority project of the season. So, stick around, we’ll finish this darned thing together, so to speak.
So here’s what’s going on with the right end vise (really not a tail vise, now is it?). Just about complete and being dry fit to to the to the top;
You can see the “sacrificial chop” squeezed between the front chop and the bench top. It will be trimmed to height when everything is finally assembled.
The next step is to set up the tool tray. This will require a “plough” that will accept the “floor” of the tool tray. I could do this with a router. But I’m still trying to loose that ten pounds that I put on during the holidays. (I still don’t know how it happened.) So, I gonna make this plough with a Stanley 45. This is a plane that you can definitely develop a love/hate relationship with.
The one bit of advice that I can give you about using any plough (plow) plane is, to start “at the end”. Work your way back from the terminus. Trust me, it’s better that way. Plough’s are remarkably rewarding in their simplicity and efficacy. Just enjoy them and don’t worry about the time that it will take you to make that plough. Remember, for hand woodworkers it’s about the process. Right? I mean, come on, it is all about the process, right?
I’ll explain that loose tenon hanging out of the end of the bench next time. But for right now, let’s just let it be a mystery.