Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done!
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It's been 4 years & 3 Doctors in the making!  
   
I bought the wood - birch - from a local supplier about 5 years ago. Let it sit in my shop for a year to accumulate (and to save up the $$ for the hardware.  Started on the bench after reading Chris Schwartz's book on Workbenches and visited the Benchcrafted site about a hundred times.  Big Grin 

Ordered the St. Peter's vice first, and then the Wagon Vice. (Still working then and had to fit the orders in between paychecks.)

Surfaced the wood and cut to length. Glued up the legs and the 4" thick pieces for the top. then I developed a mysterious medical condition in which I became progressively weaker to the point here I couldn't stand up without help. Doctor #1 said "Hmmm, this is unusual". Fired him. Doctor #2 said: "I have no clue but I'll send you to a specialist that I think can help." Doctor #3 did a bunch of test and had my leg operated on. Started to give up hope and started selling off my tools figuring I was done with woodworking. 

Most of the tests were inconclusive but I did get a neat cane and a handicapped placard out of it. Finally, after about 6 months, he decided to treat me like I had an autoimmune disease that was destroying my muscles. Treatments started working and after 6 more months, I could walk without the cane. Went into the workshop (which by then had become the repository for all the junk that was too valuable to throw away but too worthless to use).

Cleaned up the shop (took about a month) and restarted the workbench. Of course by then components were moved (or lost) so I had to make some new ones.

Learned that installing the wagon vice wasn't too hard but getting the rails co-planer is! Finally got shims in all the right places using a few choice words.
   
Also found that, when using the Veritas Dogs, drilling a 13/16" hole makes the 3/4" dogs move easily. A 3/4" hole was just too tight unless I used a hammer.

Just finished the tool crib inserts for the split top this morning....
   
Jus had to get one in with my shop dog, Ruger - he points out my mistakes and keeps lions and tigers from getting my way. Also always willing to share lunch.

   

Planed the top flat, sanded to 200 grit, then finished with BLO. Now I can start making sawdust!
Jim

Demonstrating every day that enthusiasm cannot overcome a lack of talent!
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#12
  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Great looking bench! Glad you're finally getting relief from your medical problems.

Frank
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Looking good. Yeah, those autoimmune thingies are very mysterious; my wife has had those issues, but good you are on the mend.
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  Re: RE: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by Admiral (Looking good. Yeah,...)
Glad to hear you finally found a Dr. that could help you and that you are getting better.  If you break, rupture, tear, or otherwise do physical damage to your body the medical profession generally sees the problem and is able to fix it.  Chemical problems are a bunch harder.  Neurological issues are a complete crap shoot.  


I went to my GP over 3 years ago because I was feeling lousy.  Blood testing, heart testing, brain MRI, a long, long list of other tests.  When all that showed I was a pretty healthy guy who just felt lousy I decided to go to a neurologist.  More testing led to a recommendation that I needed to take an anti-depressant.  Huh?  That sounded pretty far out to me.  I had some suspicions it could be allergies so I went to see an allergist who found I was allergic to a few seasonal pollens and a couple of foods.  Now I take Allegra and snort a nasal spray a couple of times a day and feel completely normal again.  Three years to figure out it was allergies!  

John

Love your helper.
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
(10-09-2018, 03:31 PM)jteneyck Wrote: More testing led to a recommendation that I needed to take an anti-depressant. 
John

These days doctors tend to throw an anti-depressant at any problem they can't easily put their finger on. Glad you didn't fall for that!
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Looks great.

Glad you're feeling better and are able to get back at it.
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Beautiful shop dog.

Mel
ABC(Anything But Crapsman)club member
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Glad you're feeling better Jim.  The bench looks great!  I'm envious of your Benchcraft vises.  Yes

Lonnie
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  Re: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by 5thumbs (It's been 4 years & ...)
Looks great, now beat the crap out of it!
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  Re: RE: Ruobo stype Workbench Finally Done! by JimDaddyO (Looks great, now bea...)
(10-10-2018, 08:45 AM)JimDaddyO Wrote: Looks great, now beat the crap out of it!

Oh yeah - that's next on my list! I have a project to build a bench for my daughter's mud room.
Jim

Demonstrating every day that enthusiasm cannot overcome a lack of talent!
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