Announcing our March 2017 Workbench Idea

We have a truly unique and amazing Workbench Idea for you that comes from Gerald L. who hails from Carlin, Nevada.  Carlin is near the Carlin Trend which happens to be one of the most productive gold mining areas in the United States.  Clearly, more than one type of gold can be mined in Nevada as Gerald truly hit the mother lode when he created this phenomenal workbench.
Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wooden Leg Vise, Tail Vise, Roubo Workbench,

Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wooden Leg Vise, Tail Vise, Roubo Workbench,

Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wooden Leg Vise, Tail Vise, Roubo Workbench,

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Built this bench in 2015 inspired by all the beautiful benches @ work bench of the month (on Lake Erie Toolworks Website, now known as “Workbench Ideas”).  I don’t consider it a certain style, just the size for area I had to put it, w/accommodation for items I wanted it to store.

It’s white oak w/pine drawer boxes. leg vice w/Lake Erie maple screw which I sleeved w/oak to match bench and scissor for alignment control. Shoulder vice w/Lie Nielsen slide hardware, one row of 3/4″ dog holes continuous of top. Thin drawers for chisels, top narrow drawers for dogs and misc. Bottom drawer is for my routers along w/shelf just under bench top which is approximately 3-3/4 thick w/ dovetailed corners.

It’s not my main bench, it’s my nice bench (don’t beat stuff up on this one) but I do use it. Finished w/2/3 linseed oil and 1/3 varnish mix. Love the wood screw, smooth quick action. I’m 67 and now build about whatever I want to. Learned the trade from my dad who was a self-employed builder/woodworker for over 50 years. I have a very nice shop of my own and love this work bench.

Thank you for ideas and inspiration to build this one.

Gerald L. – Carlin, Nevada

New Lake Erie Toolworks International Distributor In the UK- Classic Hand Tools

Announcing that Classic Hand Tools has joined the growing Lake Erie Toolworks family as our latest International distributor covering the United Kingdom and much of Europe.

The vise stock inventory is ready to go in Witnesham, Suffolk and our UK and other European customers are now ready to roll.  Let the bench building and dovetail cutting commence.

Welcome aboard Classic Hand Tools!

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New Lake Erie Toolworks International Distributor – Dictum

We would like to announce that Dictum has now joined the Lake Erie Toolworks family as our latest International distributor covering Germany, Austria and much of Europe.

The vise stock inventory has now been received in Germany and the Dictum catalog, stores and online website are ready to roll for a lot of happy woodworkers ready to get their workbenches underway.

Welcome aboard Dictum!

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Offerman Woodshop Rocks the Moxon!

Great news!  Offerman Woodshop has now joined the growing ranks of proud Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon vise users and here’s the Instagram post that shows the Moxon ready to roll.

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With Nick Offerman (accomplished Woodworker, Author & Actor) and all of the great woodworkers that call the Offerman Woodshop home, we’re very proud that our Moxon vise now lives in Los Angeles.

Announcing our January 2017 Workbench Idea

We have another great workbench idea for a Split-Top Roubo workbench from Kim B. from Indian River, Michigan.  Kim just started getting into woodworking this past year and has built a tremendous workbench to help realize the many projects to come.  Fantastic job for a relatively new woodcrafter – keep up the great work.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Split-Top Roubo Workbench, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise, Wooden Vise

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Thanks for the great vises, I purchased the Bench Builder’s Bundle and am really happy with how they look and perform.

I am semi-retired and have just started getting into woodworking this past year. I have been particularly interested in learning how to use hand planes. As I was studying woodworking, workbenches, and hand plane use I came across Chris Schwarz’s book on Workbenches and was inspired by the Roubo he had outlined in his book.  I wanted to build that workbench but then I came across a split-top style that someone had online.  I really liked the utility of having a split-top then I found Benchcrafted sells drawings that are Roubo with a split-top.

Using their drawings I was able to easily incorporate your vises (Their drawings utilize their vises, obviously).

This my first project with rough lumber.  The bench is hard maple with the
Deadman,  Gap Stop, and Wagon Vise Dog Block made out of walnut.  I am very pleased with how the workbench came out considering my level of skill.  I made some errors along the way but nothing too drastic.  My bench is not as refined as all the other benches you have on display but I’m happy with how it looks and how great those vises work.  Now that the workbench is done I have some cabinets I need to build which will be much easier with the new workbench and vises.

The dimensions are 87″L x 24″W x 35″H at about 350# with one coat of BLO and Lacquer Thinner.  Two coats of wax on the threads polished.

Thanks again, Kim B. – Indian River, Michigan

Lake Erie Toolworks Announces Brand New Worry Free Warranty

Lake Erie Toolworks announces our brand new “Worry Free Warranty” which is effective immediately.

Previously our wooden vise screw products were warranted against material and manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of customer delivery.

This previous warranty has now been changed to the following:

If you EVER have any problems with any tools purchased from Lake Erie Toolworks, just let us know and we will make it right.  

Short, simple and truly a “Worry Free Warranty”.

So if you ever had any doubts about the long term use and viability of a wooden vise screw kit or any tool from Lake Erie Toolworks, that concern is now a thing of the past.

Bottom line – if you ever have a problem, we will make it right.  End of story!

Best regards,

Jeff Dombrowski

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New Shoulder Vise Installation Instructions

Help up celebrate a tremendous vise form factor known throughout the world – namely the Shoulder vise as we announce our new Lake Erie Toolworks Wooden Shoulder Vise installation instructions that are now available via our website.

You can also hear what master woodworker Frank Klausz has to say about the Lake Erie Shoulder Vise via the following link.

Best regards,
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

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