Moravian Workbench #13: Finishing Touches and a Close Call

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Blog entry by Tom posted 06-20-2020 08:33 PM 1239 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be the final installment, Lucky 13. I added a few finishing touches including a dust ramp, an iron ring pull for the drawer and a custom holdfast.

I made the dust ramp from a piece of straight grained oak firewood. This is more of a nice to have, especially if you worry about debris in your tool well. I find it to be a nice convenience.

Next I had a custom iron ring pull and holdfast made for the workbench by Eric Dennis at Roundhouse Blacksmith. He does really nice work.

Eric also made the custom iron planing stop. The iron ring pull is attached with a sort of snipe bill pin and clinched on the inside of the drawer.

The holdfast has an 8” reach to match up with my dog hole layout that was mentioned in my previous blog on workholding. It is made from 11/16” diameter stock and it works perfectly in 3/4” holes in the thick bench top. It also has a long shaft so I can hold big workpieces. The design is really more toward the French style and shape. I particularly like that it releases with just a quick tap. I find that some other holdfasts need 2 or 3 taps with the mallet to release.

That completes my work on a traditional Moravian workbench. I have been using it for several months now and it is really a nice solid workbench that can serve your needs for hand tools or power tools. And if you have to change homes or move apartments, it breaks down in just a minute or two and you can take to your new abode in the back of your car or truck.

The last interesting tidbit is that we had an incident at my home. Our neighbors house burned down recently. We were lucky that our home had only minor damage. I currently keep my workbench in a sort of garage / storage shed with my wood until I build a dedicated shop someday. The garage was much closer to the burning house. During the fire, I was quite sure that the garage would burn down and I would lose my workbench. It was more of a passing thought at the time because I was more worried about my house. Fortunately, the wind was in our favor and the garage and my workbench survive. In the end, I feel lucky with the outcome, but it was quite an experience!

Thanks for following along and take care!

-- Tom

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#1 posted 06-21-2020 01:16 AM

Sexy looking bench. Glad ur building survived too. I hate that for your neighbors tho. You loose so much that you’ll never get back in a fire

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 06-21-2020 06:48 AM

Are you sure you actually built anything?
Looks like the invisible man hard at work and did it all for you. ...tee hee.

Next tool run add to the list:-
buy a longer garden hose.

-- Regards Rob

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