Previously, I had run out of time to complete the tail vise on my workbench: This weekend I finally got the time to remedy that situation. I started off by routing the dog holes in one of the boards, then gluing up the leg vise block. The dog holes are spaced at 3” for versatility. Then I needed to figure out what to remove for the various pieces of the vise hardware. Some time was spent with the adjustable square to figure out the recess locations. Note: the measureme...
This is my small vise. It’s about 50 years old, and was hand made by the original owner from scrap metal. His son later sold it to my father in law, who replaced the center screw and re-welded the whole thing. All this work, my FIL tells me, both his repairs and the original fabrication, was done over lunch hours at the steel mill. I’ve given it a good spray with WD-40, and gone at it with #3 steel wool. I got some of the paint off, and some of the rust, but ...
After a very early morning and a good day working away from my normal 40 hour a week job. I was able to spend the latter half of yesterday working on my bench. I managed to get the skirts cut, and installed. I did not glue the sides on or the top on. Here is the results…. How do you guys like that Japanese angle guide. It was worth the $55 I paid for it, and will never leave my toolbox. The bottom picture shows how my bench is different from Mr. Sellers’...
I have been in desperate need of a better way to hold my saws for sharpening. My old setup( two sticks of wood ~26 inches long which I would clamp onto saw plate and my vise) was simply not cutting it (sawing pun intended). I thought about purchasing vintage, but everyone always complained of bad vibrations, they are overpriced at antique shops, and I didn’t want to reposition my saw 4 times for full sized handsaws. I really liked Andy’s (Brit) design. It was economical, sturdy...
So like every other woodworker, I take pride in my shop, and always aspire to have the most convenient, flowing, accessible, productive, efficient, fun, and good looking setup I can get. This is the story of my shop. So one thing that I wanted for a while, but never really got the chance to setup, nor the place, was a workbench. for the longest time I’ve been mostly assembling on the floor, and working on foldable plastic sawhorses that have a work surface that flips on top –...
First of all I just want to say that I love the term “sliding deadman”. I think it’s hilarious! As a forensics investigator for the Edmonton Police Service (a city nearing a million in population) I have seen my fair share of dead men, literally. But I have never seen one sliding! Not even in the cold, snowy, icy winters that we have. But I’ll bet that if I do, I will probably bust a gut laughing while thinking about the work holding device on my bench instead of whate...
Hi all, Here is my first copy of this great design from the 30’s. I won the original (left of the picture) on ebay some time ago, and after cleaning it and trying it out I decided to make copies of it, mainly because my sister is studying to become a jeweler and bakelite is great for silversmithing and goldsmithing since it’s rather soft.I used this vise for cutting rather delicate scrollwork into horn and bone flats, with very nice results. The only thing that the original...
Well, I’ve started on my workbench build…I’m going ahead to start writing this blog even though at my pace (a few hours a week), it may take a few more months to finish. Here’s the general goal…I’m sure it will evolve a bit as I build it: This bench has a few design parameters that contribute to it’s odd look:-It has to fit in my small workspace in the corner of the garage, so 5ft is the length.-I want my Anarchist-style tool chest to roll u...
Well, with the boards for the top cut to rough length and rough thickness, and the general layout for the top decided on, it’s time to start squaring up the lumber and getting ready to glue the top all together. I started out with jointing one face and one edge flat and square on the 6” general jointer. I set up a roller stand to the exact height on both the infeed and outfeed side. It’s time consuming, but squaring all the lumber is probably the single most important step i...
I go over two techniques to get around with not having a tail vise. If you have other ways, feel free to share them in the comments.
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