All posts tagged: workbench

Moravian Workbench: Installing The Second Vise

ust as I began the installation of the second vise for my new workbench (an end vise), I saw a blog post by Richard Maguire saying that you don’t need a second vise. In fact the title of his post, “Why Your Workbench Needs One Vice (Or Less)” implies that you can get away with no vise at all. And I recently pointed to a video by Mike Siemsen where he shows several ways to use a workbench without a vise. But, If that isn’t enough, I have heard Fine Woodworking authors Mike Pekovich and Matt Kenney talk about how they dislike end vises. Specifically, they don’t like pinching stock (heard on Shop Talk Live). Pinching stock is when you place a board between a bench dog and an end vise and clamp it in place. All of these woodworkers do great work, all of them teach woodworking, so they are people whom I listen to and respect. Now then, I know something about having a workbench with no vise at all. For many years, I …

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 …