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Moravian Workbench: Attaching the Top; Adding the Gap Stop

I am sure there are woodworkers who just walk into the workshop and without much preparation, begin building. I’m not one of those woodworkers. I have to think about most construction processes. I want the feeling of a sound plan as I begin a woodworking session. Just mounting the workbench top to the base had me doing some considerable thinking about the best way to go about this step. I had always thought I would simply add some keys to the top of the leg assembles. These keys would act like tenons and would mate to corresponding mortises in the two slabs. Like this… An important aspect of this workbench design is the flat vertical plane formed by positioning the two top slabs flush with the legs. I know full well that adding the keys and then creating a mating mortise is a super exact process. I could see the mortises not aligning perfectly with the keys resulting in an alignment problem between the slabs and the legs. I then thought of drilling holes for …

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; …