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About johnjoiner

Computer nerd by day, Dad and woodworker by night. Woodworking blog at

Sawing To The Solution?

A confession: Hi my name is John and I’m a crappy sawyer. I’ve gotten along well enough with most of the woodworking skills.  I’m confident working with chisels and hand planes.  But though my saws are well-sharpened I have not … Continue reading

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The Slab Has Landed

  Here are two photos showing how I got the Roubo bench top mounted on the undercarriage.  The top is salvaged (dry) fir measuring a full 5″ thick by 24 3/4″ by 8′ long.  A quick estimate put that at … Continue reading

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Roubo Undercarriage

  Photos of the undercarriage of the Roubo bench. It’s all oak that I think was salvaged that I found at Siwek Lumber.  The 1/2″ pegs on the short stretchers are blind.  The single 3/4″ pegs on the long stretchers … Continue reading

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Making Pegs For The Roubo Bench

The undercarriage of the Roubo bench is more like timber framing than woodworking.  It’s just 4 legs, and four stretchers connecting them.  My legs are 3 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ oak.  I needed pegs to draw-bore it all together.  I … Continue reading

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Handworks 2017

I was on a roll for a couple months, doing more woodworking than I had in a while.  Then the end of April I accepted a new job at Penguin Computing and I have done no woodworking since.  That is … Continue reading

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Fun With Tenons

I’ve resumed working on my Roubo workbench, which means timber frame-sized mortise and tenons. I recently sold my rabbet block plane. I bought it hoping it would do double duty as both a block plane and a shoulder plane. It … Continue reading

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Band Saw Tires

My 14″ band saw threw the lower tire the other day. The tire balled up in the lower corner and jammed up the whole works bringing the motor to a stop. I’ve thought about replacing the 3/4 hp motor with … Continue reading

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