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Final Design for the Top of my Moravian Workbench

ith the base of my Moravian style workbench completed, it’s time to turn my attention to the top. The design of my workbench has changed only slightly since I first shared my vision for a new bench on June 1, 2014. This early design doesn’t really portray a split top; rather a top with two slabs of wood joined in the middle with no gap like the current design (above – the tool cabinet design continues to evolve and will likely change even more after the top is finished). Before buying lumber, I needed to finalize the design of the top. My biggest concern has been the true size of the front vise; specifically, is it too big? After some considerable study, several months ago I purchased a large, 10″ Eclipse quick release vise from my local Woodcraft store. I never gave serious consideration to a leg vise like a true Moravian bench would have. As you will see in a photo below, I have a narrow traffic area in front of my current workbench; …

Building The Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Kit, Part 2

This is an interesting project because the construction process has me doing some things I don’t normally do. Case in point is the wedge for the jointer plane. This part is the second component in this project which I have been stressing about. My thinking is that for the wedge to properly hold the plane iron in place, it has to be perfectly shaped in thickness. If while forming the wedge, let’s say the left side is a little thicker than the right edge, the plane iron probably won’t stay in that perfect spot while in use. The perfect spot is where a tissue thin ribbon of full width wood is effortlessly removed from some wood (like at the end of this video). But, one thing I have going for me is Scott Meek’s Popular Woodworking video in which Scott explains in great detail his process for making wooden body hand planes; things to look out for and what to do if something doesn’t go just right. I had been watching this video on an …

Using My Backup Workshop

I joined the Alabama Woodworkers Guild about a year and a half ago. I quickly began thinking of the guild’s Woodworking Education Center (WEC) as my backup workshop. The WEC is a former schoolhouse now converted into a killer shop and is about a 20 minute drive from my home (photo above). It’s where the guild’s monthly meetings occur and then the various guild woodworking classes use the WEC to build projects. In the photo above, you can see a table being built for an upcoming Habitat for Humanity home. A key benefit of being a member of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild is my ability to use all these professional grade power tools as I build my project. Since my last blog post on the tool cabinet, I have been to the WEC twice; but these two visits have been the first time I’ve used the guild’s tools, specifically their big, honkin’ jointer and then the equally honkin’ thickness planer. Take a look at the these two tools… I decided to use the WEC’s professional …