|Project by RogerBean||posted 06-01-2015 03:23 PM||8702 views||32 times favorited||12 comments|
When I was researching my Roubo workbench project, I came across a book that showed a wide range of bench accessories that were commonly used in the hand tool era. For example, the shooting board and bench hook are common today, but the machinist’s vise and anvil attachments are less so. I also added some others.
I don’t normally post little shop made fixtures and accessories, but in this case a number of readers might find it interesting. (Most of my shop fixtures are for box making and are detailed in my ebooks.) Being small these bench accessories also were easier to make with my shoulder recovering from surgery. So, here’s a look at the bench accessories I’ve made so far:
For the woodworker who hand cuts dovetails, the Moxon vise is a logical addition, and mine is a pretty standard Moxon, using the BenchCrafted hardware. It’s made of beech, and 16” between the screws, rather than the 24” that is the BenchCrafted standard. I don’t do a lot of really large projects, and the 16” capacity should cover anything I have in mind. It’s not a big deal to make a larger one if I ever need one.
As with all the BC stuff, the really smooth hardware makes this a pleasure to use.
We all need a metal working vise from time to time, but it never occurred to me to attach one to a traditional woodworking bench. I happened to see in an old text, that it was typical in times past to mount a machinist’s vise to a board that could be clamped firmly to the Roubo bench when it was needed. Voila! Multi-purpose. The bench dogs hold it firmly, and I made it deep enough that additional clamps could be added in the gap if necessary.
This is the traditional tool for truing the ends of boards. Every hand tool worker has one, and this one is adjustable to keep the angle true, and also has an auxiliary piece for shooting narrow miters. This one is made to accommodate my LN #62 low angle jack plane. Wide miters would require another board, but this one should handle most of my needs. It’s adjustable to permit precise maintenance of square.
I generally refine miters on a shop built fixture the 12” disc sander on my Delta sanding center. But sometimes it’s desirable to clean up and end piece on the bench. Hence, a shooting board. I still like the disc sander, but I’m willing to give the shooting board a go.
Sawing off a piece of wood is so common that we take the bench hook for granted, but it’s a standard accessory for the woodworking bench. Simple and effective.
Another pretty simple addition from the old text. I happened to have a small anvil and decided to add it to the capabilities of the new bench. In fact, this anvil is maybe a bit larger than ideal for this application at 45 or 50 lb. Smaller is probably better. I honestly don’t use the anvil often in my wood shop, but since I have one…
Veneer Cutting Fixture:
When working with thick veneers commonly used in marquetry, the veneer is too thick to cut with a scalpel, so it must be sawn. I saw this fixture at the American School of French Marquetry that Patrick and Patrice use to saw their sawn veneer. Works great to produce a clean square edge with a French pattern veneer saw.
Most of these accessories will end up stored right under the bench on the shelf. It’s one of the reasons I favored the traditional Roubo bench without drawers.
I also made a small “sharpening station” for touching up edges at the bench. Just hooks on the edge. It’s a design I took from Deneb Puchalski of Lie-Nielsen.
So, that’s all I’ve done for now in the way of workbench accessories. Thanks for looking in.
PS: This will probably double post again, but I understand Cricket’s working on the problem.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)