My Roubo Bench Journey #6: Slab-O-Licious

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Today I finished flattening the underside of the bench top, there is a small section in the middle that isn’t totally flat. But that is okay since I won’t be using the underside of the top for planing:

The good thing about having a neighbor with a wood burning stove, is that he comes over to clean up the floor and remove all shavings and any off cuts:

Checkout the floor below the bench top after he was done:
You can also see the outline for the wood I need to remove to inset the tail vise.

I used a saw to cut numerous lines from one end of the outline to the other end, then it was just a matter of using the chisel to bash out the waste:

After bolting down the tail vise (a thick chop will be added later), I needed to cut the two 6×6 beams in half to get them rough sized before final cutting to length. Since the beams were so long, the best tool was a coarse crosscut saw, it went pretty fast:

Since my handsaw skills are not as good as I would like them to be, I will be using the bandsaw to make the final length cuts to the legs. The sliding Dovetail and Tenon joinery will be cut by hand.

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Wow. This bench is going to be insane. Can’t wait to see the final product. No, scratch that – the blog entries are great reading. Keep ’em coming!

-- Losing fingers since 1969

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