Roubo Build – Secret Compartment

I was joking (sort of) a few days ago that I was getting bench fatigue.  Time in the shop has been hard to find lately and with parts and pieces of the bench around there is not much room for much other work.  So with the long weekend, I made it my goal to get the bench top mounted and put the bench in its place.

I spent the weekend completing the last minute steps before attaching the tops to the base.  The mortices were cut to recieve the base and I also cut the slot for the sliding deadman.

I also had one other final step to make, one that I have been thinking of for a while.  We often talk about how we mark our work, we put some sort of signature that someone later can use to see who the builder was.  I thought why stop with a signature, we can store loads of information flash drives so why not leave the entire build behind?  I decided to route a hidden compartment on the bottom side of the bench that I will put a flash drive that documents the build and whatever other information I want to pass on to some future woodworker.  The compartment has an outer flange to hold the cover that is screwed into place.  After dry fitting the cover, I planed the top off to make it flush with the underside of the bench.

After prepping the tops I set them in place on the base and tightened the hardware down.  The bench is now solid and ready to use.  I still have work to finish such as installing the leg vice and the deadman but the bench is in working form now.

The only problem after putting the bench together is that afterwards I had two benches now side by side in the shop. So today was spent rearranging the shop to have the new bench in its final spot and the old bench up against the wall where it now belongs.

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5 Responses to “Roubo Build – Secret Compartment”

  1. August 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Nice job on the new bench. Great idea for the hidden compartment. It was a night and day difference for me when I finished mine. Before I built it I had been working on a sheet of plywood and saw horses.

  2. June 1, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Congrats on the bench! It is definitely a high when you see it put together for the first time. Really great idea for “signing” your work.

    • highrockww
      June 1, 2012 at 3:09 am #

      Thanks Vic. I love walking into the shop to the new bench and can’t wait to get new projects started on it.

  3. Curt Putnam
    May 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Are you sure that USB connector will be used 100 years from now? I very much doubt that solid state memory will persist that long. Great idea though!

    • highrockww
      June 1, 2012 at 3:08 am #

      Thanks for the comment Curt. I know I have thought of that… I may leave a few types of media but obviously everything gets out dated…but that can be part of the mystery. They will have to search for something to read it with.

      I like the idea and don’t mind that it may be difficult to read by then. I will add several things to the compartment so let who ever opens it figure out what to do with it.

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