This week Ms. Debbie P visits the shop of Lee A. Jesberger
Lee is a professional woodworker, inventor, entrepreneur, and a model Lumberjock. He has prepared several blog series including some very detailed entries on vacuum clamping, veneering, jigs and fixtures and tool-making. He maintains a website with a vast array of tutorials :
Here Deb takes the readings on a positioning jig to hold work steady during carving. That is one swell post he is working on. I liked the shelf full of routers behind it.
On to a view of Lee’s innovative workbench. Although he didn’t build the bench himself, it has undergone a Jesberger remake with the addition of a vacuum manifold that can detach from the bench when needed. With the boring of a hole through the bench and some individual hold-down plates for common tasks, Lee can clamp and work on production pieces without the interference of clamps or dogs impinging on the work surface (although he does seem to have a fair amount of handscrews and clamps, just to be on the safe side).
On to a long shot of the shop featuring Lee’s brainchild
the Ezee-feed system, which allows one man to easily and safely cut sheet goods with accuracy. There are multiple incarnations of this device for the table saw and the shaper table. They all feature no bias feeding, nearly instant set up and fold-away storage. Perfect shop companion, won’t talk to you while you have on your thinking cap or bind the blade while functioning as your side-feeder. I think Deb memorized the spec-sheets during our visit.
All this and tools, tools, tools in a well-lit, work-flow oriented environment. I think Lee is a shoe-in for the title of
“Mr Wizard of Lumberjocks” and his shop is a definite A+
Lee, go get your certificate
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.