Saturday, August 23, 2008
Getting To Know Roubo-Part 3
After a few more weeks of one-on-one time with the Roubo bench, one thing that I didn't catch in the design phase is rearing its ugly head. The parallel guide on the sliding vise renders the shelf completely useless for all but the thinnest "stuff". Right now I have a sticking board, a sanding board (for fitting oud ribs) and shooting board living down there. Anything thicker and the sliding vise doesn't do much sliding. It becomes a couch-potato vise. I can fix this problem quite easily by simply removing the shelf. The up side is it won't end up being a giant tool tray (in other words a junk collector). The downside is I loose some handy storage space for bench accessories, and the shelf really is the best place for those. So as I suspected I would, I'm now in the planning stages for retrofitting a St. Peter's Cross on the sliding vise. I'm going to build a prototype before I start retrofitting the sliding vise.