Follow the Second Roman Workbench Build

Quick note that Christopher Schwarz is now building his Second Roman Workbench which can be found on the Lost Art Press Blog.  Here’s the link for your convenience.  He’s just getting underway with the build now, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the bench. We’re also anxious to see how the Wagon vise fueled by a Lake Erie Toolworks wooden screw & nut will turn out as well.  Enjoy!

Lake Erie Toolworks T-Shirts now made in the USA – Submit a Workbench Idea and the T-Shirt is on us

Quick heads up that our Lake Erie Toolworks Logo T-Shirts are all now proudly made in the USA.  We also have them screen printed by one of our local Erie, PA small business that we can strongly recommend – Silk Screen Unlimited.

If you are interested in this fine piece of American ware, you can either order one via our website, or better yet, just submit a Workbench Idea of your workbench or Moxon vise crafted with a Lake Erie Toolworks product and the T-Shirt is on us.  It doesn’t get better than that.

Finally, if you haven’t browsed the Workbench Ideas section of our website, we have over 5 years worth of customer submitted workbenches & vise combinations to help get your creative juices flowing as you ponder what type of workbench that you’re going to build.  We also created a hyperlinked glossary so that you can just click and access the specific type of workbench style or vise type that you might be interested in. Enjoy!

Lake Erie Tooworks T-Shirt; Made in USA


Announcing our June 2016 Workbench Idea

Our June 2016 Workbench Idea is an amazing Shaker Style Workbench that comes to us from Al B. from Poultney, Vermont.  Al’s combination of a wooden leg and wagon vise really makes this workbench pop.

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Hi Nick,

My bench is nearing completion and I thought I would let you see where you vises ended up.

The bench cabinet was designed by Ron Briese and I purchased the plans for it from Benchcrafted. However since I am not to far from the Hancock Shaker Village and have looked at their bench many times I wanted wooden vise screws on mine.

Boy they work nice. Very pleased.

Thank you

Al B.

Announcing Our May 2016 Workbench Idea

Our May 2016 Workbench Idea comes to us from Dave P. from the United States.  Dave has provided us with a literal step by step approach to the construction of his tremendous Roubo Workbench.  We know that you will all enjoy this month’s workbench idea from Dave.

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My new bench has been about two years in the thinking and wishing. In January I started its’ construction. A 24 inch by 8 foot top 4 inches thick was sourced from Baird Brothers Hardwood Lumber in Canfield, OH as well as the ash and poplar for the base.

The design is mostly from Chris Schwartz’s books on benches. I wanted to build it with hand tools and all the mortise and tenon joints were done by hand with saws and chisels and a mallet. The laminated maple top was a real challenge. All joints in the base were glued and every joint was pegged with oak dowels.

The Lake Erie screw and thread block were coated with 4 coats of Watco oil and then waxed. I worked about four hours per day for most of six weeks all upside down. Turning the bench over was done with an engine hoist and some slings. The bench came out just as I had hoped it would and the Lake Erie leg vise works like a charm. I’ve got a backed up list of projects to put it to good use.

A lifetime bench made all the better with the help of Lake Erie Toolworks.

Dave P. – USA

Announcing Our April 2016 Workbench Idea

Our April 2016 Workbench Idea is a special one featuring our new Moxon wood vise.  This comes to us from Daniel C. an accomplished chair builder from Naples, Maine who sums it up best by saying: “Your Moxon vise is tougher than a Maine boiled owl!!! Nice work.”

What more can we say, so all you chair builders out there, take a look!

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Lake Erie Toolworks, Moxon Vise, Wooden Screw Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moxon Vise, Wooden Screw Vise

Started chair building 20 years ago. Taught by Mike Dunbar. Have a fully equipped chair workshop on the shore of Brandy pond , Maine.

Couldn’t be happier with the vise. Allows me to shape at any angle the wide chair seats with draw knife and spoke shave. Easy to change grain angles.

Can knife and shave with some force to shape all sides of the Windsor sack back chair seat. I pulled and tugged the chair seat sides with the drawknife – no problem.

Your Moxon vise is tougher than a Maine boiled owl!!! Nice work.

Daniel C. – Naples, Maine


Lake Erie Sneak Peek – New Product Line Addition – We’d Like Your Comments

Our Lake Erie Toolworks Tagline says it all “Traditional Tools For Today’s Woodworker”.  To date we’ve developed, built and sold the finest quality wooden vises. But now it’s time to spread our wings and continue to add to our product portfolio and achieve our ultimate mission – namely to provide a full range of traditional tools for today’s woodworker.

Nick Dombrowski, the designer and engineer behind Lake Erie has been burning the midnight oil for some time now and has been working on the development of a brand new line of metal shoulder planes of his own design.  The design is loosely based on the Spiers and Norris style shoulder planes, but with a more modern look.  Before Nick gets too much further down the path, we wanted to show you some visual renderings of this new plane series and get your comments and feedback on this. So we thought it was time to have you help us to ensure that we’re making the absolute best shoulder plane possible.

Therefore, if you could click on the following link to respond to a very short and simple survey to give us some additional feedback on this new plane series, it would be very much appreciated.

Shoulder Plane Feedback Survey Link:

Thank you very much!




Announcing our March 2016 Workbench Idea

Our March 2016 Workbench Idea comes to us from Pearson Bulmer from Burraneer, which is a suburb of Sydney, Australia and he has provided an amazing Roubo workbench idea with a leg and wagon vise combination.  We know you will all pick up some great pointers from this fantastic workbench crafted by the young lad from the land down under.  Enjoy!

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I created my woodwork bench for my major project in Industrial Technology, which here in Australia, goes towards my Higher School Certificate (HSC). A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into getting this project completed on time, and I must say, I am very proud of the end result. It took just under seven months to complete, from start of construction to the date of hand-in and marking.

My workbench is designed around the traditional Roubo bench with both the leg vice and tail vice. Everyone who has played around with the vices, myself included, has loved the smoothness and rapid wind of your wooden screws. They are a joy to use and a stark contrast to the normal metal screw vices that I am used to.

A lot of the aspects of the bench I have tried to ‘jazz’ up so that I could show a boarder range of skills to the markers. There are the straight inlays in the top, the wave lamination inlays and the carving centre piece on the bottom rail. The bench is made from Black Walnut, Blackbutt and Radiata Pine. I also used five layers of laminated MDF within the middle of the bench to reduce to cost of the timber whilst retaining the heft of the top.

If I ever build another bench, I will definitely order again🙂

Good luck for the future of the business and may you and your family have a great 2016.


Pearson Bulmer