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Moravian workbench build #13: The Finish

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 03-04-2021 03:21 PM 526 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started the week with the plan to use natural tint Danish Oil but found that the national supply had been depleted. After seeking input here I decided to fall back to my original plan of using BLO. I am pleased with the end result and like the color.

Sorry for the sideways but I had my phone turned to make it fit. I had been worrying about the leg vise. It had an enormous amount of chatter and felt generally bad on travel. The parallel guide was not entirely effective either but I wasn’t done finishing at that point. I gave it a good coating of BLO and after drying gave the guide and threads a coating of Johnsons paste wax. There was much rejoicing, I can now turn it in and out with one finger now.

I was mostly a hand tool build but if you look close my jointer, planer and table saw are doing cameos in the pictures. I used them (Jointer, planer) in milling the laminated SYP sections and long rips were done on the table saw. All of the joinery was cut with hand tools with the exception of the tapered vice chop sides. I had a new 14” band saw and just wanted to use it. Here is a collection of every hand tool I could think of used in the making of this bench. I just realized that I have forgotten to include my layout tools, oops. The most fun was the Stanley No. 45 and 78 used on the tool tray. I also really enjoyed flattening the top with my Stanley No. 5 and later the newly acquired No. 8, it was an enjoyable workout.

I would like to thank Will Myers for getting me hooked on making this traditional Moravian workbench. His video is very helpful in going over each step. I like the simplicity of the wooden screw leg vise from lake Erie tool works. The addition of the Will Myers wagon vise is a decision that I won’t regret. It is very smooth and effective.

This is the conclusion of this build with the possible exception of a video on how this goes from pieces to full bench in about a minute. It is a little oily still so I need to give it some more dry time before attempting that. Thanks for all the great comments!



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HokieKen

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 04:14 PM

Came out fantastic man! That should be a real pleasure to work on for a very long time :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 03-04-2021 04:59 PM

congratulations.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#3 posted 03-04-2021 06:34 PM

Nice!!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 03-04-2021 10:58 PM

Your gonna love that Lake Erie vise. Did you get the double speed screw or the standard?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 03-05-2021 01:03 AM

Tremendous accomplishment! Enjoy using your new bench.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 03-05-2021 11:37 AM



Your gonna love that Lake Erie vise. Did you get the double speed screw or the standard?

- theoldfart


I am liking it now that I applied wax to the threads, so smooth. I did opt for 2X screw thread and glad I did.

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#7 posted 03-05-2021 02:54 PM

The 2X came out after I bought mine. I thought mine was pretty quick, yours must be a speed demon!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 03-06-2021 09:48 PM

Warp speed!

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#9 posted 03-21-2021 03:21 PM

Nice work one again man! I had the same trouble with my vise screw but a little relief here and there and plenty of wax and I can turn mine with a finger too. My top came out at 12 1/4” wide. I was going to add one more 8/4 piece to my top but it looked funky mocking it up and after trying to reach over and plane that far I decided against it. I do plan on making a removable filler piece for the tool tray in case I want or need a wider bench top. I’ll be sure to share my ideas with you. I love my bench!!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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