Announcing Lake Erie Toolworks Custom Machining Services

Lake Erie Toolworks now offers custom machining services.  Whether you have a single one-off part that you need made or you are looking at having dozens or hundreds of the same part machined out of metal, plastic or wood, please contact us with your needs and we will be happy to respond with a quote.

We have 3D CNC milling and routing capabilities as well as turning capabilities.  A 3D solid model, 2D DXF or dimensioned drawing will be necessary for machining.  If you need help with drawing and/or designing / engineering your part please let us know and we can give you an estimate for that as well.

Nick Dombrowski, President of Lake Erie Toolworks, holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, has 5+ years of machining experience as well as part and machine design experience.

We can even help you with designing your parts or assemblies using Finite Element Analysis to determine any high stress points or over-engineering in your designs and can analyze your design and give you suggestions on making the part more machinable / cheaper to manufacture if you are planning on having us or another company machine production run quantities.

Hint: arbitrarily high tolerances and sharp inside corners make a part more expensive to produce.

Please contact us via our Contact Form or via email at machining@lakeerietoolworks.com to discuss your Custom Machining Needs.

Announcing Our December 2013 Workbench Of The Month

Our December 2013 Workbench of the Month comes from Duncan Robertson from Cohrane, Alberta – Canada.  Duncan runs the School of Quiet Woodworking outside of Calgary and he actually took a some time for himself to craft his own masterpiece workbench that features both a Shoulder and Wagon Vise.  We hope you enjoy this month’s feature.  Very well done Duncan, very well indeed.

Workbnench, wood vise, wagon vise, shoulder vise

workbench, wood vise, wagon vise

workbench, wood vise

workbench, shoulder vise, wood vise

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workbench, wood vise, shoulder vise, lake erie toolworks

Good Day Nick,
As promised, here are the pictures of my latest bench. I have finally built a bench for myself rather than one that both my students and I use. It is 24” wide, 78” long and 5” thick all the way across. It has 2 adjustable heights. The higher one for sawing chiseling and all layout out work while the lower one is for hand plane work and some larger assembly.

The entire bench is built out of eastern Hard maple with the accent woods being cherry and the shoulder vise handle Vietnamese Rosewood. I did the houndstooth dovetail on the wagon vise corner because I hoped it would look as good as it did. And after a great deal of work the end result was worth it. The higher of the 2 shelves is permanent home to my basic 3 hand tool accessories, bench hook, planning board and shooting board. Keeping these 3 jigs right below the working surface makes them very handy. I sized the length of the bench dogs to allow the jigs to slide in and put without hitting the dogs.

As always your vise screws are a dream to use. This is the first time I have installed one of your wagon vises and the closest I can come to a complaint is that the 2 TPI is almost too aggressive. It isn’t, but it’s close. I have a class building full sized benches currently running. All the people in the class elected to go with your wagon vise screw. I’ll send pictures of the benches when they are finished. One guy is actually building his bench with a tool tray!!! Despite my predictions of dire consequences should he do so! The 3 benches are quite different and will make great benches and, hopefully, bring their owners many years of satisfaction.

quietly woodworking,
Duncan