I Really Need to Get Me a Patent for This Thing

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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-10-2008 02:04 PM 974 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dovetail Chopping Station

Today when I finally got ready to start chopping my dovetails, I felt cramped way over on the left side of the bench where my handyman vise is precariously mounted in 1/8” plywood. So I dismantled the sweet sharpening station setup I just blogged about and jimmied this little rig. It was solid, and apart from the worry that my saw would graze the clamp (it didn’t really come that close), it will do nicely until my bench is made. Once my bench is made, I’ll hopefully have my choice between a leg vise and wagon vise.

Oh, and since I feel so cramped on the left side of the bench, I’m thinking of angling my leg vise to buy me a few more inches. Landis talks about this in his book, and I think it’s a great idea. It’ll also allow me to clamp wider boards without worrying about the screw being in the way.

[This entry was taken from my personal website, Adventures in Woodworking.]

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 02:23 PM

Chris Schwarz used a similar set-up on his English workbench, and it seemed to work pretty well for him.

As for the patent, just make sure you leave that particular grate out, otherwise the patent officials will think you’re trying to patent Lucky Charms ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 02:31 PM

it might be cheaper to build a nice new shop with lots of benches and vises than to obtain a patent ! lol thats great inginuity though , sometimes we get forced into doing things that turn out to be great ideas

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 03:08 PM

One of the beauties of having a personal work space it the ability to transform it as our needs change. Yours appears to be evolving rapidly. Your innovative use of space shows that you are definitely thinking outside the box or should I say grate in this case.

Thanks for sharing. I am going to enjoy seeing a post of your bench construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 08:18 PM

Great example of improvising and problem solving.

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 01:10 AM

Look like some pretty nice tails there, in addition to the set up!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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