All posts tagged: workshop

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: 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 …