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Moravian Workbench #7: Building the Drawer

09-21-2019 01:32 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

I enjoy having a workbench drawer to store various hand tools such as marking gauges, knife, try square, dovetail saw, chisel, etc. Storing tools in a wood box of some sort helps protect the them from effects of moisture and moderates temperature changes to avoid the effects of condensation. My workbench is not currently in a climate controlled shop, so I think this is important so that I may keep a small kit of tools with the bench. The original Moravian workbench did not have a drawer ...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #5: My First Workbench Build - The Workbench Top

09-15-2019 08:30 AM by siggykc | 3 comments »

G’day folks. It has been a while since my last update. I shall do a couple of posts to catch up for the last couple of months. The Workbench Top. Like the legs, the top is constructed from good old fashioned Hard/Rock Maple. Due to the 115mm thick dimensions, and the fact that I am a mere 5’5”in size, constructing a single piece top was out of the question.As I work on this on weekends and some week nights, it is imperative that I can put the bench aside so that others may use the works...

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Moravian Workbench #4: Turning the vise screw

09-12-2019 11:52 AM by Tom | 2 comments »

Now that the vise is operational, I wanted to turn a more pleasing shape on the vise hub. The challenge is locating the turning centers for the lathe. On the screw end, there were marks that appeared to be centered, so I could use that for the drive center. However, on the hub side, it was just a smooth flat surface. I used a simple method to locate a good center. I set the hub end on a piece of plywood and nailed four brackets around the hub to restrain it from moving laterally. ...

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Moravian Workbench #3: Setting up the Vise Part 2: The parallel guide

09-11-2019 08:40 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

The parallel guide is the part at the bottom of the vise that has a pin inserted to lever against. The guide is made of oak that is 7/8” x 2” and 16” long. The guide slides in a mortise cut into the vise support board between the stretcher and the workbench top. The guide is mortise and tenoned into the vise chop at the school, but it is not assembled until you get home to make it easier to transport. The mortise is 1-1/2” x 7/8”. This allows 1/4” sh...

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Moravian Workbench #2: Setting up the Vise Part 1: The garter

09-11-2019 07:45 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

The first thing that you probably want to do when you get home is set up the leg vise. A mortise needs to be cut in the side of the vise chop to insert a garter which is a piece of wood that fits into a groove at the vise hub. I laid out the mortise 7/8” from the face of the vice chop. The mortise is 3/8” wide and 1-1/2” long. It needs to be aligned with the center of the vise hole. Then I chopped out the mortise with a 3/8” mortising chisel all the way thro...

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Moravian Workbench #1: Moravian Workbench Build at the Woodwright's School

09-11-2019 06:46 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to take a class at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School to build a portable Moravian workbench. The class instructor is Will Myers along with Roy Underhill. Will is wonderful and patient teacher and demonstrates many hand tool woodworking techniques. The class is 5 full days of hand tool heaven. There is a material fee which includes all the wood needed to build a complete workbench including a Lake Erie vise screw and hand made vise...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #4: My first workbench build- recycling offcuts for inlay

07-31-2019 12:00 PM by siggykc | 4 comments »

Gday-gday, I hope its warm and sunny for you all – a start contrast to the cold wet mornings in Melbourne as of recent! Due to the weather one evening after work, I was stuck at home with my small garage that is setup for some small metalworking jobs. Bored, I racked my brain for things to do. As you readers of this blog will know, the last thing I posted on was the leg vise, which is made predominantly out of quilted (big leaf?) maple.The bloke that sold me that quilted maple ...

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Mini-Roubo from Oz #1: My first workbench build: Background

07-25-2019 10:08 PM by siggykc | 3 comments »

Hi all, I’m new to this forum, and have been finding it a great resource in general. I figured I should contribute a little bit to it. So here it goes, my first workbench – a MINI ROUBO!(You can find it on my Instagram under Siggykc) I know “Why not go the full hog and build a full sized Roubo??” This is just to put it into context, as I simply lack the space to house a full sized Roubo workbench. I am an average bloke (I work in the city) living in a small flat ...

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Current Project #41: Workbench

05-19-2019 01:45 AM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

The top for my workbench is almost all glued up.

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Project Ideas, Hmm... #10: Workbench Vise Location

05-07-2019 01:43 PM by Dave Rutan | 10 comments »

In the next few weeks I’ll be building a small workbench to use at work. I’m currently using a fold-away table saw stand (not the table saw itself) with a sort of cradle to hold up double basses and cellos to perform certain repairs because it is lower than the high work table I typically use. I’ll be building a somewhat traditional style bench about 33 inches high. I want to put a vise on the face and one on the end to use with dog holes. The thing is, as I currently u...

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