All posts tagged: workbench

Moroubian Tool Cabinet – Completed

I created the first rendering of my new workbench in 2014. For several years, the workbench design was just a thought. Now it is finally completed and it looks great and works great. This week I applied paint and shellac to the tool cabinet for my workbench and tucked it into place and stood back and admired what has been accomplished. After more than three decades of woodworking, I finally have a proper workbench. The tool cabinet was the final piece to this puzzle and now the workbench is finished. Since my last update, I have worked mostly on fitting and attaching the drawer fronts for the front side of the bench. This is simply a process involving a lot of patience as I make repeated trips to the table saw to trim minute amounts of wood from the length and width of each front. These are the same steps taken in my last update, so I won’t repeat it here except to say just like everything with this project, repetition has lead to more …

My New Workbench is Finished

I have been woodworking for almost 35 years. And I guess it is an accomplishment to have so many years of woodworking behind me; all the mistakes, successes and such. But even though I am becoming a woodworking old-timer, there are so many new things I have been trying that in many ways I am a newbie. For example, after finishing all of the construction steps needed to complete my workbench I had to take it apart (see the photo at the top of this post) and make the all important decision about what protective finish is appropriate for this bench. After much consideration, I went with three different finishes, each one being something I had never worked with before. The bench top got a coat of boiled linseed oil. The leg assembly was treated with several coats of wax and the oak components (front and rear stretchers, gap stop and wedges) were fumed with ammonia and then got one coat of garnet shellac. Never before worked with BLO, same for waxed bare wood and …

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 …