|Project by Don Kondra||posted 03-26-2010 05:32 AM||4849 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
A recently completed project, a friend had just completed a wing ding workbench in beech and wanted handles for his two vises to match.
Darnell brought out an off cut from the wood he used for his hand dovetailed drawers and while we were discussing what he wanted done he gently kidded me about how I had simply screwed a wood knob on the ends of my vice handle oh so many years ago :)
By the time I got around to the project he had also discovered the brass accents on the Lie Nielsen store bought handle :)
The original concept had a speed knob mounted slightly forward of the end knob with a visible nut. Darnell had provided me with a store bought beech knob. As I started on this project I felt the location was just awkward and decided to mount the knob directly on the end cap. I used a insert nut on the end cap and a bolt through the ebony speed knob, there are ebony accents on the bench and I wanted to make handles that would complement the bench.
I never did get around to special ordering the brass washers and decided to turn them myself. I sandwiched 1 1/2” bar stock between 1/8” baltic birch with double sided tape and after drilling a 3/8” hole, rough cut the circles on the scroll saw, then turned them to finish diameter.
Missing from the photo are the rubber O-rings that go in front of the brass, they provide a cushion/sound dampening effect as the handle slides to the end of it’s travel. The finish so far is one coat of Watch natural oil.
The end caps are meant to be glued onto the center rod with 3/8” dowels, in hindsight maybe I should have used insert nuts and rod for these too. That way they could be disassembled to change the O-ring’s if necessary.
Hopefully at some point, Darnell will post pic’s of his bench. It is Wing Ding :)
-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker