Flattening the top of the Roubo

Flattening the top of the workbench involves:

  1. Removing twist (winding sticks* and a jack plane [No. 5]).
  2. Planing across grain to remove cupping/crowning across the width of the top (jack plane [No. 5]).
  3. Planing with grain to flatten along the length of the top (jointer plane [No. 8]).

Pretty straight forward and took a few hours to do. Last thing was to saw the uneven ends of the top off and neaten them up with a block plane.

*I made my own winding sticks out of two dimensioned pieces of oak (about 1/2 by 1 by 24 inches). One of the sticks was stained a dark colour so the sticks had distinct contrast. This article by Larry from Wood’nBits explains the ins and outs of winding sticks quite nicely.


One thought on “Flattening the top of the Roubo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s