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



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


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