Announcing the Lake Erie Toolworks – 2X Wood Vise – Fastest Threaded Workbench Vise On the Planet!

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!

Lake Erie Toolworks, 2X Wood Vise, Wooden Vise, Leg Vise

 

 

ClampGAUGE In the News

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.

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Photo courtesy of “Woodworker’s Journal”

Woodworker’s Journal Newsletter Featuring Lake Erie Toolworks

If you wanted to know some more back-story about Lake Erie Toolworks and who’s who in the proverbial zoo, now’s your chance.  We’ve been featured in the latest Woodworker’s Journal Online Newsletter with an “Industry Interview“.  We’ll also give you a glimpse as to some of the new stuff we’ve been working on as well.

Enjoy!

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ClampGAUGE Enhancements

Lake Erie Toolworks has just launched a new video highlighting our latest ClampGAUGE product enhancements featuring:

  • ClampGAUGE Calculator – Identifies type, quantity & placement of ClampGAUGEs
  • EPDM Retention Bands – Industrial grade bands to help ClampGAUGE alignment

Our ClampGAUGE product is really starting to pick up steam as the go to tool that takes the guesswork out of panel glue-ups.  Also, the two new enhancements for the tool really make a big difference in the overall functionality of the product.

This new video is available on our Website as well as via our YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

Lake Erie Toolworks, ClampGAUGE, Clamp, Glue, Glue-up, Bar Clamp, Pipe Clamp

 

Announcing Our January 2018 Workbench Idea

Here’s a great way to start out the new year with a workbench idea featuring a retrofit Shoulder Vise added to a 24 year old workbench by Jesse H. from Kingsport, Tennessee.  Jesse also built an amazing chest using the shoulder vise.  As he says below, the proof is in the pudding. Enjoy!

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

Shoulder Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks, Wooden Vise, Vise, Vice

This past summer I had purchased a shoulder vise screw from you guys and using your detailed instructions (I did dovetail the nut to the arm instead of using lag bolts, but I am sure the lag bolts would have worked just as well), I retrofitted a shoulder vise on my existing bench, which has been through several metamorphoses through its 24 year life!

I had always just dealt with my front vise racking and slipping.  I had kept blocks on my bench to keep the vise from racking and there was always a bunch of fiddling. Lots of times I was trying to saw and hold the work with the other hand so the stock wouldn’t slide around in the vise.

Not so with my shoulder vise! The screw is smooth as silk, and the slightest turn will release or grab the stock. My bench is not much to look at….I believe in building furniture, not a shop.  But the “proof is in the pudding”…in this case in the using.  I built the chest of drawers in the pictures using the shoulder vise for all the joinery. Cutting dovetails and tenons was a joy!  Great work guys! ….and for me, money well spent!

Here are some pictures of my old bench, retrofitted with the Lake Erie shoulder vise…and as you see in the pictures, no leg under the shoulder vise.  So far, no problems from the absence of the leg.  Now, it may seem like a little thing, but even though I didn’t replace my rigged-up wagon vise when I installed the shoulder vise, I did order an extra handle….love the  handles!

Jesse H. – Kingsport, TN

Announcing Our November 2017 Lake Erie Toolworks Workbench Idea

Our latest Lake Erie Toolworks Workbench Idea for November 2017 comes to us from Marcel K. from Auckland, New Zealand.  Marcel has built a tremendous Moravian Style Workbench using the Will Myers Moravian build DVD as his inspiration and guide.  Kudos to Marcel, as well as to Will Myers and Joshua Farnsworth for helping to make this reality happen.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moravian Workbench, Wooden Vise Screw, Leg Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moravian Workbench, Wooden Vise Screw, Leg Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moravian Workbench, Wooden Vise Screw, Leg Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moravian Workbench, Wooden Vise Screw, Leg Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Moravian Workbench, Wooden Vise Screw, Leg Vise

Hi Nick,

I can’t believe it took me this long to build it but I finally finished my workbench.

Not sure whether it meets the standard of the other awesome workbenches in your blog but I thought I’d fire some pictures and text (below) through to at least show that the vise has eventually been put to use.

And of course let you know my appreciation of your vise screws.

Kind regards,

Marcel K. – Auckland, New Zealand

Details/Comments

When I first saw Will Myer’s WKFineTools article on the portable Moravian design I knew it was a perfect choice for the tight confines of my garage. Basically I wanted something that was solid/heavy yet not too big and could still be relatively easily moved when needed.

The only thing I wanted to change was the tool tray as I preferred having extra bench space so to SketchUp I went and started working on modifying the design to incorporate the Roubo split top idea. After a year of pondering (while building my tool chest) an article appeared on the Lake Erie blog about a great compact version of a “Split Top Moravian” from Ron G in Florida which confirmed my ideas.

While finishing my tool chest I bought Will Myer’s fantastic DVD (“Building the Portable Moravian Workbench”) and watched it repeatedly while acquiring the lumber and letting it dry a bit. After purchasing the Lake Erie Toolworks vise screw I set to work in December last year.

Yes it took me about 10 months of working off and on to complete!

I did nearly all of it by hand (rough-sawn stock dimensioning, joinery etc) and only submitted to power at the end to cut the back slab to final width using a circular saw. By then I thought I’d had enough hand sawing practice!

The bench is all white ash apart from the maple Lake Erie vise screw. Even the various dowels were formed from scrap Ash used during the build (hardwood dowel is hard to come by in New Zealand). I went with a Veritas inset vise for the end vise due to its compactness since the design doesn’t have much space at the bench ends to add a vise.

The inset vise works but during the bench build process I frequently used the notched batten method (“Doe’s foot”) to hold boards while planing on a make shift bench and it worked so well I’ve since been wondering whether I even need an end vise. The things you learn…

The overall length and width of the bench matches Will’s plans (76″ x 24”). The top slabs are asymmetrical with the front one about 12.75” wide and the back about 9.5” separated by a 1.75” slotted gap stop. This means that I have the option of building a tool tray like the original plans if I want in the future. It also means that with the gap stop in the raised position I can comfortably hand plane a 12” or so wide board against the stop.

The thickness of the top is 4.25” which is thicker than the original plans (3.5”) and the legs and stretchers are also a bit thicker than the plans so the bench is certainly heavy when assembled. I haven’t weighed it but the front slab alone is at least 40kgs (about 90lbs) so while the bench is technically portable you wouldn’t want to move the front slab too far by yourself!

The bench and vise are finished with Organoil’s Danish oil which is one of my favourite finishes. A straight oil finish that’s easy to apply and doesn’t leave a varnish/film finish and smells pine fresh which is a bonus :-). The top still has a bit of friction which is great when working on it.

There are still a few details to finish off including boring some more hold-fast holes, adding some cork or leather to the leg vise jaw and adding a loose tongue and groove lower shelf but the bench is up and running and the leg vise works awesome. I was expecting a fair bit of initial “squeakiness” before wearing it in but the Danish oil and paste wax on the screw threads have it running smoothly already.

Apologies for the quality of the pictures but they give you an idea of how small my workspace is. Basically the workbench and my tool chest sit on some rubber mats about 8’x8′ in size and that’s my entire workspace. Also shown in the pictures is the gap stop in the raised position and the vise screw. If a project I’m working on needs more space I can temporarily move the car out of the garage, partially disassemble the bench tops, rotate it 90º and reassemble to give me extra room on both sides of the bench.

This project was a fun challenge and while there’s a few mistakes, it was a great learning exercise for a novice like me. Perhaps the biggest lesson learned though is that next time I should consider buying a portable thicknesser! Jointing 20+ large lengths of timber by hand is enjoyable, thicknessing them not so much 🙂

Big thanks to Lake Erie for making such wonderful vise screws. When it arrived I wasn’t sure whether to use it or put it on the shelf as a work of art it looked so amazing.

Big thanks as well to Will Myers (and Joshua Farnsworth) for creating the workbench DVD which I highly recommend and also to Will for taking time to answer some queries I had on the design.

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