All posts filed under: Moravian Workbench

Was it the wrong process or the wrong tool?

I have been a woodworker for more than 33 years and during these many years, and as you would expect, I have learned a lot about woodworking. I like to think that I can simply look at an interesting piece of furniture and, in my mind, begin to build it. Run through the steps I’d take to create my version of it. For me, part of the fun of woodworking is coming up with a sound process for making an object. I posted the photo above on Instagram and was proud of what the photo portrayed. The image shows the front and rear stretchers for my new workbench coming to life. There is an organized workbench, my new tool cabinet in the background and the stretchers well on their way towards completion. The photo made me smile for these reasons, but also because I had conquered a design dilemma which had been secretly troubling me for several weeks. My dilemma: Find a better way to cut the wedge mortises on the front and rear stretchers. …

Moravian Workbench: Leg Assembly Is Complete

It has been a long, long time since I last reported on the progress with my Moravian workbench. I have been taking my time cutting the four different leg joints to ensure I get them right (or reasonably close to right). My methods have relied heavily on power tools for the bulk of fabrication and then gaining a tight tenon fit using hand tools. Warning: this is a long blog post with a lot of photos. Let’s dive in by reviewing the various leg joinery… As far as I can remember, I have never made a through mortise and tenon joint. This joint is difficult to make well because the fit between the tenon and mortise can be easily seen. Making a nice, tight, square mortise and then duplicating that same shape on the mating tenon is time-consuming and even a little stressful. After having made the dovetail joint at the base of the leg (something I did twice before I was happy with the result), I made the angled mortise which will ultimately house …

Moravian Workbench: Dovetail Stretchers Part 2

A substantial amount of brain power has been utilized since my last update. I needed to come up with a better way to cut dovetails for the lower, dovetailed stretchers of my workbench (see more here). I called on a shop made jig for this. Also, the next step in this build will see me utilizing a second jig and I think a third jig could come into play before these legs are completed. All these jigs are needed to ensure accurate repeatability as I cut the four different joints needed for each leg, and has had me thinking, searching online and thinking more about how to cut the remaining leg joints. Last time I had attempted what I call the dovetail stretcher’s joinery by way of a Veritas dovetail saw. And I wasn’t happy with the results. Even after taking care to scribe lines and chisel a little valley in which the dovetail saw could ride. Here is what my first attempt looked like… Since this is most likely a workbench I’ll use for …