Announcing the Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE Calculator – Simply Amazing!

When Lake Erie Toolworks launched our ClampGAUGE product earlier this year that allows you to take the guesswork out of panel glue-ups, we heard a lot of good things about this unique and innovative product.  To date, we’ve also sold a lot of these tools around the globe and have many very satisfied customers who use it to achieve the perfect clamping pressure when performing a panel glue-up.

T’he one thing that we did hear loud and clear from our customers was that the ClampGAUGE Chart that tells you how many and what type of ClampGAUGE tools to use and where to place them along the panel edge to ensure a solid panel glue-up was a bit intimidating to use.

We thought it was pretty straightforward, just pick the proper chart for your kit type (Apprentice, Journeyman or Master Kit) along with the board thickness you are gluing up.  Then read down and across the chart to find the panel length you are gluing up and it would tell you how many of each ClampGAUGE type to use (A, B or C) and where to place them along the panel edge. (See Picture here for an Apprentice Kit, 3/4″ thick x 44″ long panel Chart example).

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Well, you know what, our customers were spot on correct.  As easy as we thought the Charts were to use, there had to be an even simpler and easier way to identify the type and placement of the ClampGAUGEs for a glue-up.

Guess what – there is now.  Welcome to the ClampGAUGE Calculator!

You can access this simple Calculator software program via our website Install/Video section for the following platforms:

  • Windows PC – Available now
  • Apple MAC PC – Available now
  • Android for Google Phones & Tablets – Available from the Google Play Store now
  • iOS for iPhones & iPads – Available from the iPhone App Store very soon

Here’s what you do.  Simply download and install the Calculator on your PC, SmartPhone or Tablet (or all of them) and then run the Calculator to choose your Kit type, board thickness and length and then press the “Calculate” button.  The Calculator will then display the type and quantity of ClampGAUGE Tools that you will need along with the proper placement from the top edge of your glue-up (in either inches or metric).  It couldn’t get easier. Here’s a screenshot of the Android SmartPhone version of the Calculator to give you a look/see.

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The Charts will still be around for those that want to use it, but the Calculator is here to stay and we encourage you all to give it a try.  It’s easy, it’s intuitive and we really think you are all going to enjoy it.

Best regards,

Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

Roubo Workbench Build – Part 2 of 2 from Crafted Workshop

The Roubo Workbench Build (Part 2 of 2) is now complete and has been posted online by Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop.  The overall video and direction provided by Johnny for both Parts 1 and 2 of this very informative series are fantastic.

While Part 1 of this video series covered the workbench top and wagon vise installation, Part 2 focuses on the leg & stretcher portion of the Roubo Workbench along with the leg vise and chop build and installation.  The end product – an amazing and very functional workbench.  The plans are also available for purchase on the Crafted Workshop website as well.

Great job Johnny!

Roubo Workbench, Wagon Vise, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise, Crafted Workshop

 

Roubo Workbench Build From Crafted Workshop

One of the things that we’ve needed to do for a long time now was to make a good video on how to build a Roubo Workbench using our Lake Erie Toolworks wooden wagon and leg vise kits.

I guess we can check this one off the list now as our good friend Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop has done an amazing job with this fantastic Roubo build video (Part 1 of 2).  He will also be adding the workbench build plans for sale to his website very soon along with the Part 2 of 2 video to finish up the workbench.

Great job Johnny – job very well done!

Roubo Workbench, Lake Erie Toolworks, Crafted Workshop, Wagon Vise, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Tips For Gluing Up Flat Panels

Ernie Conover just released his latest gluing techniques video sponsored by Woodworkers Journal & Titebond Glue and he gives a solid & positive review of our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Look at it this way, you spend many hours designing and building your woodworking masterpiece.  The last thing you want to do is to have a panel glue joint fail on you as it kind of defeats the purpose of all of those hours of sawing, dovetailing, mortise & tenoning, sanding and finishing.  Not a bad idea to take a few extra minutes to make sure that you are clamping your panels with the proper glue-up pressure to ensure the best glue-joint.

So if you want to take the guesswork out of glue-ups and achieve the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible, take a look at our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Note: We are about midway through the video.  Good stuff!

Lake Erie Toolworks, ClampGAUGE System, Panel Glue Ups

Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

Red Oak Roubo Workbench Kits – That’s the Ticket

As you decide which workbench style is right for you and if a Roubo is where you are headed, we suggest you take a look at our good friends from Re-Co Bklyn to consider their green Red Oak Roubo Workbench Kits.

These green (partially air dried) Red Oak workbench kits feature a slab bench top, legs, stretchers and chop, custom sized by you and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. This lumber has also been harvested from reclaimed trees from the metro New York City Area.  Great for the environment and great for you.

Roubo Workbench Kit

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We also know that Christopher Schwarz is a fan of Slab workbench construction, and has had great success building this type of workbench, so it must be good.  Plus it will save you the time and effort of having to glue up a workbench top – which is no small amount of work.

Frankly, the only other choice you’ll have to make here if you decide to pursue this bench kit is for which type of vise to marry up with your red oak chop to power this workbench.  If your choice happens to be a fully wooden vise screw kit, we know some people that can hook you up there.

Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

Workbenches – Which Path Do I Follow?

When a woodworker makes that fateful decision to build their own workbench, the next logical step is – what style of workbench do I build?  Roubo, Nicholson, Moravian, Scandinavian, etc.

Then there’s the many other factors such as: what type of wood should I use, what type of finish do I need, how tall or wide should it be, should it be a solid permanent workbench or a knock-down transportable type, how much should it weigh, what kind of vises should I use, and the list goes on.

It also might be heresy for me to say, but a fully wooden vise screw & nut isn’t always the proper choice for every woodworker given their own personal situation. There are times & circumstances when a metal vise screw is the best way to go.

The short answer to what type of Workbench you should pursue is, IT DEPENDS.

It depends on many factors such as:

  • Hand tool work or Power tool work (or a mix)
  • How much are you looking to spend (a lot or a little)
  • Will it be stationary or do you need to transport it frequently
  • Are you building small bird houses & gifts or large ornate furniture
  • Planning to do lots of joinery (dovetails, tenons, etc.) or not much at all
  • Are you working in a small apartment or a sprawling workshop
  • etc, etc, etc.

By giving all of this a lot of honest thought and after a bunch of research using the many fine workbench building resources that are out there (Books, DVDs, Websites), you will eventually land on a workbench path that you must follow.  The key is that everyone should chart their own personal path to their own workbench nirvana.

Until then, I’d like to point you to some additional resources that you can find on our “Links/Info” section of our Lake Erie Toolworks website.  First off, we have a section called “Workbench Ideas” that has a huge number of workbench styles for you to peruse & consider on your path to personal discovery.

We also have several links for you to follow to check out Will Myer’s workbench builds for his Roubo, Nicholson and Moravian Style Workbenches.  There’s also a link to a Workbench video series from Paul Sellers that I think many of you will find very informative.

We’ll keep adding more informative detail on our “Links/Info” page of our website in the future to help you in your quest, but until then, keep on driving until you find the right exit ramp to your own ultimate Workbench destination,

Best regards,

Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks