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Moravian Workbench #13: Finishing Touches and a Close Call

06-20-2020 08:33 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

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 doe...

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Moravian Workbench #11: Simple Work Holding

06-09-2020 12:43 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

I have been using the Moravian workbench for several months now. At first, I was not all that comfortable with the work holding methods, mainly because I have never used a leg vise. This was compounded by the leg vise needing to “break in” for a while. At first, it tended to be finicky moving it into position and would require nudging it with both hands. Also, I could not seem to find the best pin location for the size of the work piece and I would have to readjust. I have be...

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Workbench additions and accesories #1: Where to place Your Bench Dogs

04-07-2020 01:13 AM by Dimensions | 1 comment »

So i Finally did it!!! I drilled the dog holes in my Hybrid Roubo/ Nicholson Workbench. i held off on this for far too long because i didn’t want to ruin the bench that i put so much work into by drilling holes in the wrong place. I watched as many videos as i could find ( there weren’t many) and read as much as i could find on this topic. With this being my first “real” bench i didnt have any prior experience with where the dog holes should be placed. I finally came u...

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Forging holdfasts

12-03-2019 03:04 AM by hungryJ | 2 comments »

so this all started a long while back when I built my workbench and didn’t do enough homework. not knowing every commercially available bench accessory is made for a 3/4 dog hole I drilled my bench with 1” holes. since I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend money on brass dogs I was just planning to use wood dowels with plywood caps, 1” seemed like it was a sturdy enough dowel for planning stops and whatnot. again, didn’t research. now that I had my bench made ...

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Making a Duck Bill Holdfast

08-06-2016 05:37 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 2 comments »

New design of holdfast uses less material….and I think it just looks better. Do any of you have a specific design you like? Click here for YouTube channel and to subscribe!

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Diamond Edition Holdfast

10-19-2014 12:16 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 2 comments »

Here is a video of how I made the Diamond Edition holdfast. Still some things to work out, but looks good enough to make an actual one to sell.

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New holdfast design

10-18-2014 03:40 AM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 4 comments »

I’ve been tired of seeing the traditional holdfast design. Seems as if they are all the same. I decided to change it up a bit and also try out a new technique. I would like opinions ax well. These are just a prototype. On a finished set the shaft will be rounded and the duckbill will be shorter. This is from 1” stock so it was harder to egg a nice twist. I believe 3/4” stock would look nicer and I could show the diamonds better. Do you all think there would be an interes...

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Roubo Workbench #2: Gramercy Holdfasts from Marisa

06-30-2014 08:54 PM by Dave | 4 comments »

To compliment my new roubo workbench (in process) and to add to my hand tool fascination I ordered a set of 2 Gramercy holdfasts from Tools for Working Wood. The purchase was simple as with most online stores. The cost was $20 for 1 or $35 for 2 – so not being one to pass up a deal, I went with 2 for $35. Read the remainder here:: http://www.ewingcustomcreations.com/gramercy-holdfasts-from-marisa-100

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No Tail Vise? No Problem.

06-04-2014 09:38 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 4 comments »

I go over two techniques to get around with not having a tail vise. If you have other ways, feel free to share them in the comments.

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...in Which Tim Builds a Saw Bench (Part 3)

11-19-2013 03:06 PM by Tim Anderson | 5 comments »

And so we move on to the conclusion of this new useful work surface. When we last left the saw bench, it was dry fitted and ready for gluing. I then added some glue (quite a bit for some of my sloppier joints, and glued the whole thing together. I actually found that the bench was very stable once glued despite my somewhat sloppy joints, so I didn’t need to do any reinforcing beneath. After that, I found that it was a far cry from flat, so I had to spend quite a lot of time getting the ...

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