I want to apologize if my blog has been the most depressing so far. This week my wife lost her grandmother. If you have been following my posts this past year, we have seen a lot of loss in friends and family. She is in a better place, which in and of itself is a relief. On to some good news. I have spent the past 6 months working on a project for a friend of mine. His office was due for some major updates to it’s network and server. This project has taken a lot out of me, both ...
Why I wanted to Build a Moxon Vise Work benches are low. When I was first learning about traditional woodworking, I noticed how low my friend’s workbench was. He informed me that the lower benches were better for hand planing. This is true, but sometimes you just want to work with something at a higher height, for instance cutting dovetails. This is part of the reason why I found the idea of a Moxon vise so appealing. It’s a large, double-screw vise that is detachable from ...
Made of Beach. The tail vise is the Veritas end vise that has a quick release. The face vise is actually a cool piece of work from Hovarter vises ( http://www.hovartercustomvise.com/?page_id=49) . It is a quick release 26” behemoth. Clamps down like a mean pit bull. Hopefully will get around to building some shelves and drawers, but right now I really want to take ‘er for a run around the block with a good G&G table build.
I wanted to do this for a long time and had the parts ordered and delivered a while ago, but one thing led to another and this was kept on the back burner and never saw the light of day. Ironically, it is now finished but still with no light of day as it is almost 11pm… All it gets is the light of the moon (which some may say is better). I really liked benchcrafted wagon vise (even a free plug for them) But for what it is I think it’s a bit overpriced (for a vise). Don’t ...
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...
Well it’s been a little bit since my last blog, but here is what I’ve been able to get done in the shop over the past little bit. I last left with a freshly glued up top, and a question on what timbers to use for the legs. Well I decided to use the four maple beams I had for the legs. Even though two of them contain the pith, and some rather large cracks, I would rather have that then 3 different types of wood that looked only slightly better, so maple it is. After the top w...
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...
Ah the pith. That very core of the tree, that for some reason, is remarkably unstable in use as lumber. The inclusion of the pith in some of the beams I have obtained all but ruins an otherwise solid thick chunk of wood. It really pithes me off. All kidding aside. I can probably still make some good use out of these beams, even the ones with the pith in them, with some thought into my cuts. I was contacted last week by an old woodworking acquaintance, Maxwell. He told me he saw my b...
This workbench project, for me, has been a long time coming. Well, long as in a couple of years anyways. It kinda began when I finally realized that the piece of plywood on two saw horses wasn’t quite cutting it as a woodworking bench. The mdf top on two collapsible metal legs wasn’t much better, and althought its been my main work, assembly, and glue up table for the past two years, the granite top of my table saw is far from an ideal workbench either. So, slowly, I began accumil...
With the top done, set the leg assembly in position next to the face vise. And the end vise slides to make sure everything still fits. Square everything up and mark the spot where the hex bolts attach the top to the top rail. I used the top rails as a jig to get the holes straight and drilled from the bottom toward the top to just where the brad point stuck through the top surface. This gave me a pilot for later drilling the counter bore in the top for the ½” bolts that attaches the...
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