Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Poor Little Roubo Bench
After finishing my Roubo bench last year I stood back and wondered if I'd ever build a piece that would challenge the capacities of this bench. This week I came close.
I'm building a large carved cabinet of basswood, and instead of building up the carcase from flat panels, I'm opting to form the structure with frame and panel construction. This speeds up the construction for me, and also allows for a very robust framework. I like to work with solid wood and try to avoid slinging 4x8 sheets around the shop as much as possible. I'm using massive frame elements of 1-7/8" thick basswood. The cabinet is 30" high, 24" deep and 93" long.
The piece is so large it makes the Roubo look like a wimpy, spindly table. But it was the perfect bench for laying out and assembling the frame. Yep, I think Roubo can handle any pretty-much any project.