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Old 01-20-2012, 11:00 PM
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Default A top for a Roubo

One of our members is in the middle of a Benchcrafted split-top Roubo build. He wanted a unique wood species for the top, so he sent to Belize for some Santa Maria (Calophyllum brasiliense). The log his wood is cut from has just been salvaged from the bottom of a river, where it has been since approx. 1780. These logs were transported down river on rafts to ports for use in building ships. It was not uncommon for half the cargo to fall into the river in transit.

This log had already been trimmed to a square shape (presumably by axe and adze). It is 32"x32" at one end and 53"x53" at the other. It weighs in at 13000lbs.

Here's a video of the log's trip from Belize to the U.S., where the final cuts now sit in a kiln. Near the end of the video you can see those pieces being marked with the lucky Roubo builder's intials.





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Old 01-21-2012, 12:12 AM
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Awesome. The dirty scoundrel. (jealous)
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:17 AM
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Cool
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Yet another exclusive for Fred West good on ya Fred
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:29 AM
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And you know what's the coolest? The wood was felled just about the time that Roubo was writing his books!

How cool is that?!?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:11 PM
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John,

Thank you very much for posting this video for me. I am so excited about receiving the four pieces. As you may see on the video, Rich Petty drew some carpenter's triangles so that once I receive the four boards I can put them back together as one piece. According to Rich the old growth Santa Maria weighs 54 pounds per cubic foot as opposed to 38 pounds per cubic foot for the current Santa Maria. It is also an extremely hard wood. Rich cut it for me at 90 inches long, 25 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches thick which should weigh a total of 387 lbs. After cleaning it up, squaring and flattening it, it should weigh somewhere between 370-350 lbs. My best guess is that the overall bench will weigh around 500 lbs. Obviously not in Groggy's league in weight or beauty but it is going to be wonderful for me.

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Default Re: A top for a Roubo

So Fred, are you going to put in an overhead crane in the basement of your condo?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:47 PM
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So Fred, are you going to put in an overhead crane in the basement of your condo?
Alex,

Please! Do not be absurd. An overhead crane will not fit in the basement of my TOWNHOME. However, I have a far better answer. Peter has volunteered to fly out and lift it by himself while I supervise. I said that I thought that was nuts. But he said that of late he has been reading and carrying some mammoth dissertations so he anticipates that he will only need one arm. I was shocked when I heard that but said okay it is a deal and in return you may look at one of my planes from Konrad, Ron, Philip or Raney.

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Hope you have the table in the right place before that top goes on...
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:03 PM
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Hope you have the table in the right place before that top goes on...
Michael,

The initial placement of the bench will be quite easy. However after that might be an issue so I have come up with a solution. Whenever, I need to move it, I will have beer, wine and bourbon ready and have a "Bench moving party. "

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Old 01-22-2012, 12:44 AM
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Fred,

Wouldn't it be cheaper to hitch the dogs to it and wave Milkbones in front of them?
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