Moravian workbench build #1: The Top

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 11-01-2020 09:38 PM 745 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before I decided to Blog about it I milled SYP 2 X 10 after ripping. I ran them through my jointer, planer and table saw to get S4S. I had some boards get angry and had to get replacements due to some warping. I glued and clamped on saw horses. It became obvious that although I had carefully milled the wood it would be impossible to clamp them dead flat. I did however get the top to be free of knots so I will call that a small victory.

I contemplated gluing it up in two sections so I could run each through the planer but had doubts on even that being dead flat after rejoining. It was about this time that as much as I just wanted this to just be done I decided to go hand tool only. Time to bring out the planes. Using my No. 5 I got a great work out flattening the bottom side and trued it up with the No. 7. After a good honing the same was done to the top. It really felt good to work up a sweat creating a pile of shavings. I decided “I like this”. I received a restored No. 8 this week from a fellow LJ’ er but will save that for the final flattening after I get the slab on some legs. I gave him a “meh, it looks okay” on another thread but that was tongue in cheek, the plane is beautiful. I can’t wait to put it to work.

I also cut the ends off one side with a cross cut saw but worked myself to death and drifted badly. I put the saw in my saw vise and gave it a sharpening. The second cut was much better and faster.

I decided to move on to prepping for the wagon vise. Although I had a router that could have made quick work of it I stayed true to my goal a chiseled out the mortice. It got progressively more difficult as reached my depth of 1” 9/16”. I was hoping to get my router plane to true it up but it was too deep for that.

The next mortice will be in the end of the bench so my knuckles with thank me because I can come in from the side. I am at a stopping point as I need a No. 16 auger bit to cut the ends of the wagon vise slot. I bought a set of Irwin’s but it stopped at No. 15. I am hoping for my 16 to arrive Friday so we’ll see. After I hog out the rest of the slot with a No. 14 I will need to true up the sides of that mortice and remove material along the shaft.

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#1 posted 11-03-2020 09:04 AM

... Time to bring out the planes.
- controlfreak

And maybe the camera!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 11-03-2020 04:09 PM

Yeah, I am new to this blog thing but on my first attempt I couldn’t make out the thumbnail and ended up posting a random shop picture. I had to get the right one from my phone move to my computer. Thanks for looking LBD!

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#3 posted 11-03-2020 07:21 PM

Let me know what you think of the Will Myers’s wagon vise, just got mine installed on my roubo workbench and love it so far

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#4 posted 11-03-2020 07:51 PM

Let me know what you think of the Will Myers s wagon vise, just got mine installed on my roubo workbench and love it so far

- Notw

I have much material to remove and a lot of dog holes to drill first before reviewing but it feels smooth and solid.

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#5 posted 11-05-2020 02:06 PM

First I’ve seen the WM wagon vise. Looks like a solid, no frills kinda device. I like it :-) Looking forward to the build CF!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 11-05-2020 04:15 PM

Will Myers is the person who i guess you would say is credited with the revival of the moravian workbench. He offers free plans for the moravian workbench on his website and makes the wagon vises himself. I really enjoy mine but won’t hijack controlfreak’s post with pictures of mine. After i get some BLO on the bench i’ll post the entire bench.

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#7 posted 11-30-2020 03:28 PM

That wagon vise is almost something I could make myself if I was any good at welding (and actually had a welder). Here’s another view from the wood and shop website.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 11-30-2020 03:50 PM

This is going to be nice! great work.

-- Dylan, O-H-I-O

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