Like my previous post, this is mostly a note for my own future reference. I’m trying to centralize all my woodworking notes in one place, preferably one accessible from anywhere, and LJ is the only logical choice. So I have some unusual needs in a sawbench. Since I am an above-knee amputee, the conventional method of holding the board in place with ‘pot roast power’ is a no-go. I’ve tried it, it’s excruciatingly painful and it doesn’t work to hold the...
I believe it was Archimedes who once said “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” a more succinct way to say it would be, “levers are awesome”. ...but they don’t just move things. Here I have set up a lever of sorts. The fulcrum being the bench dog, and the clamp being Archimedes. Because of mechanical advantage it would take a tremendous amount of force to move the lever from the end near my vise. ...
When planing across the grain your end vise should still hold…mine does not. The vise was a freebie from my Grandfather and the machining is very sloppy, do not buy a vise like this, it will irritate you immensely. But if you happen to have one, and your work keeps popping out of your dogs, two finish nails can solve your problem. Just make sure they are low enough to avoid your plane blade. Sometimes having an ugly bench is a great thing.
This is the last video on my blog on the session on Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding. More to come yet… From my blog: This episode is all about workholding: 1. Face vises – Racking is the main reason The Schwarz does not like them. 2. Leg vise: Elegant, cheap, GREAT! 3. Shoulder vise: Best choice for dovetailing drawers – it is fast. It is great, but too complex. 4. Crochet: Used with holdfasts, it is great, and cool. 5. Sliding dog vise: Otherwise ca...
From my blog: Christopher Schwarz made a terrific presentation at the Berea Hand Tool Conference in November: Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding. During his presentation Chris covered workholding (it will appear in the videos for Parts 2 and 3 on this blog). As a result of this presentation, I started doing some serious thinking about my European style workbench, and how I could improve clamping of work pieces when hand cutting dovetails, clamping jigs in place, etc. The existing ...
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