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Blog series by curliejones updated 12-18-2016 12:21 AM 4 parts 3882 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Rockler heavy duty front vise

09-23-2016 11:16 PM by curliejones | 5 comments »

The vise that Rockler sells for a quick release front vise tagged item no. 27838 is painted black. I bought one today that was never installed but the guy had misplaced the two nuts on the front. Anyone know the size and thread pitch of these two? I doubt you had to buy these since they came with the vise, but I thought I’d ask??They look to be 1/2” threads and fairly coarse, but a std. 1/2×13 nut does not work. It begins to bind when only halfway threaded on. I am hoping tha...

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Part 2: Torsion or Torture?

10-28-2016 12:57 PM by curliejones | 2 comments »

I’m doing research for my first woodworking bench build and Have a question or two that some fellow LJs may be able to answer. I’ve looked at so many different styles of benches and I understand the advice to build for your personal style. I don’t yet have a hand tool style since I’m just now converting from power tools. I have a modest collection of hand tools, enough to get me started and I’ve learned to refurb and sharpen chisels and planes. I just need to mak...

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Part 3: Question about 21st century workbench.

11-25-2016 01:03 PM by curliejones | 4 comments »

I’m building a version of this bench and having trouble finding info since it was a 2008 pub. Can anyone tell me how the boxes that serve as a toll well are supported? Is there simply a solid tool well that the boxes sit in? or, are there wide supports connecting the two halves of the top that would be secure enough to keep the boxes from falling to the floor if the shift a bit? On the first you would not see the floor; on the second you would see the floor but have strips of wood at th...

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Part 4: Coming together.

12-18-2016 12:21 AM by curliejones | 2 comments »

I’ve been at this for much of the last 3 weeks and have a bit to go to reach what I’ll call completion. There’s lots of benches built to suit one style or another, albeit English/Nicholson, Roubou, and I researched benches ad nauseum to come up with a hybrid design I can call my own. One side of the bench has an apron for stabilizing the legs and the other side has a tenon through the thick top, as well as a bottom stretcher – sorta kinda maybe French/Roubou-ish. I li...

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