After a final push this weekend, I more or less finished the Roubo. Two things left-drill the holes for the adjacent face vise hold-down and apply the finish. Otherwise, c’est tout!
The last steps involved shaping the chop for the face vise, making the parallel guide, and installing the wood vise screw.
I followed the script in Christopher Schwarz‘s article as closely as possible for these last steps. (whom I should thank-his article in Popular Woodworking was the clearly the inspiration for this, and I would like to pay homage to Monsieur Roubo-to pass down a design through the ages that still has value today is no small contribution) I also added a wood face to the moving end of the tail vise. And the only design flourishes I included were the ones on the oak chop for the face vise. Otherwise I kept things pretty square.
Here’s the final product (I’ll take some final photos outside when spring arrives):
It’s kind of a celebration. I plan on going back and de-briefing, with particular focus on where I rushed things, point out the imperfections, etc. Those things are burned into my mind and they played an integral role in the process. Also, I will list the tools broken and the hardware bought.
The end result is that it is finished, I’m happy with it, and when I finally sat down to look at the bench, I experienced great satisfaction/relief/fill-in-the-blank. That I still feel the need the next morning to walk out to the garage and just admire is proof enough.
It’s the beginning of good things.