Monday, October 13, 2014

The New Bench Plans Are Here


After a long slog we've finally updated our Split Top Roubo Plans to include our Benchcrafted Crisscross.

Couple reasons this has taken so long. First, we made some other changes along the way that we thought would justify a delay on doing a major update. Second, while we were making the updates we lost all our files that make easy updates possible. Several hard drives, and even backup drives were corrupted. This happened right on the cusp of being finished with the big update. So we had to rebuild the plans from the ground up. And of course this meant going through all the dimension yet again to make sure we hadn't made any errors (there are a LOT of numbers to consider.)

But that is all water under the bridge. The good news is the updated plans are at the printer and should be available to ship by the end of the week. The new plans show the Crisscross, the new Glide M/C as well as all the drawings for Crisscross-related joinery that we've been supplying at the end of the Crisscross and Glide installation instructions for the past couple years. Here's another nice bit. If you're installing a Classic Leg Vise instead of a Glide, you can build the bench exactly from the plans. Both vises fit the bench the same way. The only difference is that the Classic mounts to the chop with wood screws instead of machine screws. That's it.

We'll also be updating the Crisscross and Glide installation instructions so the additional templates aren't included any longer. That would just be confusing if you're building the Split Top Roubo. The plans show everything you need to know.

Special thanks to our tireless draftsman Louis Bois.






9 comments:

  1. Are you updating the edrawings files?

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  2. ..."We'll also be updating the Crisscross and Glide installation instructions so the additional templates aren't included any longer. That would just be confusing if you're building the Split Top Roubo. The plans show everything you need to know."

    Am I correct in reading that as: if I want to buy just the Glide and not the bench plans, there won't be templates with the instructions? Isn't that a potential problem for customers who don't buy the plans?

    Also, I noticed your bench is not the standard 38" high. :)

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    1. The Glide instructions will have everything you need to install one in a bench, including templates. We'll simply be removing or reworking some aspects that relate directly to our Split Top Roubo so those who are building with the plans aren't confused by two sources of info. You'll have all the info you need.

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  3. Is there any chance that the shaker bench plans will be updated?

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    1. We don't have any plans to at the moment. We may do an addendum to the construction notes that covers the changes, but its a ways off.

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  4. Any discount to upgrade old plans to new? I bought a Benchmakers package a few years ago but haven't had the time or place to start the bench. I have since added the Crisscross and changed the Glide into a Classic. Retireing the end of the month and the new bench is the first project in the new shop.

    And will the build instructions be updated as well?

    Cliff

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    1. Cliff, drop us an email about getting the new plans. The construction notes have been updated and are available on our downloads page now.

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    2. Jameel, just noticed the plans are only $20 so I just put in an order instead. Thanks for the offer.

      Cliff

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