All posts filed under: Moravian Workbench

Workbench Update: The Slabs Are Finished

here is something I need to tell you guys; something I have reluctantly realized. I have become a very casual woodworker. There, I said it; put it out there. I outed myself. I can almost hear some of you gasping – “No Jeff, say it’s not true.” It used to be that I lived and breathed woodworking. You could find me in my workshop during the week, early in the morning before work. I called it “Pre-Work Woodworking.” I used to post photos of these early morning sessions on Facebook as sort of a badge of honor, letting my friends know how serious I was about woodworking. Then in the evenings, more woodworking; and on the weekends. Even during my day job I would think about woodworking. I could be in a meeting; there could be some important conversation going about growing sales. Me? It’s entirely possible that I’d be thinking about the best way to straighten an unruly board or what to do about a joint that didn’t come together just so. I used …

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; …

Moravian Workbench: The Base is Finished

project which has totally taken over most of my weekends is the renovation of my father-in-law’s home. It is a project which my wife is in charge of. She along with her brother and I have been directing a contractor who is bringing his old house up to date. Many of my Saturdays over the past two months have been spent doing small projects to help control renovation costs (oh, and college football has been a time eater too). Every now and then, I have been able to do a little work on my new workbench. A major turning point in the construction of this bench has arrived – the completion of the base. Most recently, I have been fabricating the front and rear stretchers. These stretchers have long tenons which slide through mortises in the workbench legs and these legs are splayed adding a little complexity to my woodworking. Each tenon also has a mortise for a wedge. Cutting away all the material for the tenons has been a super slow process. I have …