All posts tagged: workshop

A Moroubian Tool Cabinet, Part 1

So, my workbench has a Moravian style base and a Roubo split top; I therefore now call this a Moroubian workbench. Because I need to build a clamp rack to hang all the new clamps I bought to build my Moroubian bench, I first need to get rid of my old tool cabinet, which is where my new clamp rack will go. I still have a few items in my old tool cabinet, so I need to build the Moroubian tool cabinet to gain the last bit of storage space needed prior to moving my old tool cabinet out of the shop. In short, I need to build this new workbench cabinet so I can organize all my new clamps. The design for this tool cabinet has changed a lot over the years. The original design had 18 drawers (18!!!); there was a version which had eight doors and no drawers, and one design which had just six drawers. Now I have made up my mind and have nailed down the design, so to speak. …

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 …