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Joinery Bench #11: My first 90 degree board via hand tools and first use of saw bench

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 02-05-2018 06:14 AM 3360 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: I have more planes than I thought... Part 11 of Joinery Bench series Part 12: My first attempt at half blind dovetail in hard maple 1.5" thick »

This may not matter for much folk, but is a good feeling inside for myself. A personal milestone, so to speak. I made my first true 90 degree board with the use of my Stanley #8 and Stanley #5 1/2. I verified with my Veritas winding sticks (I gave up on making my own because my vice to hold thin objects is horrible) and to double check, I used my table saw cast iron table top and a square.
Then I used my saw bench to rip down 2 boards of 48” length (these are 2”x12” boards ripped down the middle to give that quarter sawn aspect). I think I better stop smoking and exercise some arm strength routines because I had to stop a good 3 or 4 times. I’ll not use all 48” length (I am shooting for 36 or 32” joinery table top) but doesn’t hurt to gain practice hand saw ripping and following the line, which I’m getting good at.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter



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Holt

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#1 posted 02-05-2018 02:28 PM

If I’m looking at your picture correctly, then this is the first time I’ve ever seen a shoulder vise like yours. How well does it work? I assume the guides to either side of the screw keep the jaw square, can they be removed if you need the jaw to hold work that is not rectangular (maybe not the best description, something that isn’t square and flat, maybe tapered or some more complex shape)?

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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#2 posted 02-05-2018 02:46 PM

Holt, this is a Levrand bench, a Danish wood working school bench. Now that you mentioned it, I never gave it thought about the double pinned chop :) I’ve only seen single screw (like Lake Erie Woodworks wooden screw) on a chop. Yes, the jaw stays square and cannot be removed. I’m sure it’s possible (but not too easy) to clamp down out of square items.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#3 posted 02-05-2018 09:45 PM

I know the out of square clamping is one of the “virtues” of the Scandinavian style Shoulder vise, but I think I like your’s better. Seems like i could avoid some of those third hand needed situations. Going to do some research on Levrand. Thanks for the info!!!

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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Holbs

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 12:44 AM

Here ya go Holt:
http://lervad.co.uk/

mine is nearly identical to this one: http://lervad.co.uk/products/242-single-technology-bench/293-technology-bench-132-cm---with-cupboard/
paid $200 for it at a local auction. would of been $75 if not for this one guy that would not give up. grr….

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 08:23 PM

It is a big deal to perfect your hand skills and I think all woodworkers can relate to how you feel about it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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