Just posted a quick Lake Erie Toolworks Wooden Vise Highlights video on our website home page. If you have a minute to spare take a look / see. I suspect you might even like the ‘bluesy’ music the video is cut with. Enjoy!
For those of you who may have been contemplating a Moxon Vise in your woodworking tool future, you may want to take a look at this before you make your final choice.
Courtesy of Brian McCauley and Brandon Marshall from “Workshop Review” they’ve put our Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon and Moxon Lite Vises through the proverbial squeeze. We encourage you to take a look to see how we made out. Enjoy!
Quick heads up that Will Myers, the driver of the modern Moravian Workbench style has a new blog site where he has recently posted about his experiences with using our new Lake Erie Toolworks 2X wooden vise on his latest Moravian Workbench build.
Thinking about building a Moravian bench with a 2X Wood Vise, take a look/see at his recent two blog posts that will give you the low down on this front.
If you’ve been pondering the idea of building your dream workbench but just haven’t been able to settle on the proper vise to use, we have your answer. Announcing the new Lake Erie Toolworks – 2X Wood Vise – Which happens to be not only the largest wooden production vise on the market, but is also the fastest threaded workbench vise on the planet – be it metal or wooden.
This brand new vise is powered by a massive 3″ diameter screw that has a 1 TPI (1 Turn per Inch) double start thread. The vise action can also best be described as “smooth as butter”. This makes for a simply amazing and game-changing workbench vise to help you craft your woodworking projects in record time.
We’ve been building and testing out prototypes of the 2X Wood Vise for quite some time but we’ve always had a challenge in finding a lumber supplier that could provide a stable supply of the huge billets of hard maple. It must be all that clean living we do, but we’ve finally lined up a reliable source.
Lake Erie Toolworks is now announcing a pre-order special via our website on the 2X Wood Vise if you place your order by July 31, 2018 at 12 PM EDT.
So if you’ve been dreaming of the perfect vise – now’s your chance to jump in, because the water is FINE!
Will Myers has clearly helped pave the way to assist many woodworkers around the globe who have interest in the Moravian Workbench style to achieve their vision. Our latest Lake Erie Toolworks Workbench Idea for July 2018 exemplifies this fact spot on.
Thank you to Gerry F. from Boulder, Colorado who built this Rocky Mountain Workbench Beauty from a Douglas Fir tree that came down during a Spring blizzard last year. For a self-professed amateur woodworker, he did quite the amazing job.
The DougFir tree came down last May during a Spring blizzard. It was too big for me to haul to the mill and would have been wasteful to buck up for firewood. So while browsing for project ideas I came across your site highlighting Will Myers reproduction of the Moravian Workbench and knew that I’d found the perfect match for the log.
I milled the log with a chainsaw mill to the dimensions from Will’s PDF cut list and set it in the barn to dry. The tool chest was something I added to complement the gorgeous vise screw crafted by Nick at Lake Erie Toolworks.
I am an amateur and was happy to learn and apply a few new tricks along the way. It is one of the reasons why I love woodworking. The project took me a month to complete and am pleased with the final result.
Gerry F. – Boulder, Colorado – USA
Here’s another Workbench Idea from Lake Erie Toolworks for you to consider and possibly build. This English Style Workbench comes to us from Alex W. from West Kilbride in the United Kingdom.
Alex got his design ideas from a mixture of famed Workbench builders Richard Maguire and from Christopher Schwarz. From these legendary influences, Alex crafted a phenomenal English style Workbench that will provide him with countless years of functional enjoyment. We trust that you’ll all enjoy this latest workbench idea.
I built this workbench using the design from Richard Maguire’s English Workbench videos and plans as the starting point (www.theenglishwoodworker.com). Christopher Schwarz has a similar design in The Workbench Design Book but with angled legs and I liked the look of that in giving added solidity so I adapted Richard’s design and changing his face vice to a leg vice.
The leg vice components are clearly from Lake Erie and very impressive pieces of kit they are! I had some problems with the first screw/nut as the humidity in Scotland caused uneven swelling so that the screw was binding irretrievably. Nick generously made me a new nut with wider tolerances and that works like a dream.
(Lake Erie Toolworks Comment: To date, we’ve had approximately 1/3 of 1% of our many wooden vise screws that have gone out to customers have some form of humidity related binding challenge. Rest assured that in the very rare instance you might encounter a binding screw, just let us know about it and we’ll make it right – Just like with Alex featured here.)
The bench top, aprons and leg vice are rock maple the top is 65mm thick and the aprons are 50mm. The leg trestles are agba. In retrospect, the bench would have been heavy and robust enough in agba and it would have been significantly easier to work. The comparison is that planing agba is like taking a hot knife to butter and planning the maple is like attacking concrete with a paint scraper.
Everything is held together with tapered wooden nails and they worked really well once I’d got the idea of allowing the drill to cool down every 5 or so holes. The bench is finished with Danish Oil – this hasn’t changed the colour much but should protect the wood from some of the bumps and scrapes.
The bench is 2.25 m long, 0.79 m wide and 0.88 m tall. To give an idea of scale, the plane on the bench is a Stanley 5½. I like the slightly taller bench and intend to add a Moxon vice using the offcuts and spare wood from the bench components. I’ve no idea what the weight is but it’s very substantial – this bench isn’t going to move!
Alex W. – West Kilbride – United Kingdom
If you get a chance to read the latest June 2018 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine check out the “What’s In Store” section of the magazine on Page 66 for some more detail on our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE Tool. If you ever wanted to take the guesswork out of glue-ups, this tool is the ticket.
Photo courtesy of “Woodworker’s Journal”