It has been a few weeks since I have made much progress on the Roubo bench as I ran low on 8/4″ boards for the legs and didn’t want to start on just part of the legs. The local supplier that my dad picked the Hard Maple up from in North Carolina had ran out so we had to wait a week for a new delivery. After picking the lumber up I wanted it to sit in the shop for a least a week or two, so I had to hold off.
Lucky for me, my wife took the opportunity to have me finish up a few tasks such as refinishing a dressing mirror for our daughter’s room and paint one of her walls with chalkboard paint.
This past weekend I decided that it was time to get back onto the bench build. The legs are made from two 8/4″ boards laminated together. After gluing the boards together to get to the thickness I needed for the legs, I used my #7 plane to make sure they were true and square. Because of the width of the the legs I was able to run all four sides through my 12″ planer to get them to the final dimension.
Next, I cut the big tenon in the end of each leg that will fit into the top to hold two halves in place. One of the most important steps in cutting the tenon is layout. Making sure I had a line that meets up all the way around marking the shoulder, then cutting the shoulders right on the lines to the correct depth. With the shoulders cut, the waste is pared off with a chisel and router plane to take the tenon to its final size. The advantage of using the router plane is that you can make sure that the tenon is consistent and parallel with the leg.
With the legs shaped, I will start getting the rails to size and then work on the mortice and tenon from legs to rails.