Category Archives: To Make as Perfectly as Possible, Roubo Translation

Make a Roubo Grease Box

I have always wanted to make one of these grease boxes for the underside of a workbench. Knowing me, however, I’d probably keep paraffin in it instead of tallow. I learned to handplane using paraffin (which has no smell) as … Continue reading

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Inside Baseball…That is, if Roubo Ever Played Baseball

Many of you have followed the adventures of “To Make As Perfectly As Possible” for years, including the frustrating chaos of our document flow during Roubo on Marquetry. I am happy to say that most of that particular set of … Continue reading

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Green Wood & Workbenches

The question of whether early workbenches were built from green wood or seasoned wood has a simple answer: yes. But what was the common practice? For that question, I turned to A.J. Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier” for the simple reason … Continue reading

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How to Dye Veneers or Boards Throughout their Entire Thickness

The most frustrating part of using dye to color wood is getting it to penetrate the surface of the wood so you don’t “cut through” the color accidentally as you work or sand the finish and expose undyed wood. This … Continue reading

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Plate 164: “A snug little kingdom up four pair of stairs.”

Each time “The Book of Plates” is mentioned I pull out my copy, flip through the pages and find something new to study. Last year I had a lot of fun creating artwork using details from BoP. There was a … Continue reading

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Update: All Things Roubo

Thanks goodness for Suzanne “Saucy Indexer” Ellison, otherwise there would be almost nothing here for you to read. I have been emptying a vein into “The Anarchist’s Design Book” and have been ignoring you. Don’t take it personal. Meanwhile, lots … Continue reading

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Download a Searchable Guide to ‘The Book of Plates’

Some readers have requested a searchable “Table of the Plates” to accompany the printed version of A.-J. Roubo’s “The Book of Plates.” So we have created this word-searchable pdf that you can download by merely clicking the link below. Book … Continue reading

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