Tips For Gluing Up Flat Panels

Ernie Conover just released his latest gluing techniques video sponsored by Woodworkers Journal & Titebond Glue and he gives a solid & positive review of our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Look at it this way, you spend many hours designing and building your woodworking masterpiece.  The last thing you want to do is to have a panel glue joint fail on you as it kind of defeats the purpose of all of those hours of sawing, dovetailing, mortise & tenoning, sanding and finishing.  Not a bad idea to take a few extra minutes to make sure that you are clamping your panels with the proper glue-up pressure to ensure the best glue-joint.

So if you want to take the guesswork out of glue-ups and achieve the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible, take a look at our Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System.

Note: We are about midway through the video.  Good stuff!

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Best regards,

Lake Erie Toolworks

La Forge Royale Miter Jack Screw and Nut Kit Pre-Order – One More Chance To Jump Onboard

For everyone that wished they sprung for the pieces & parts to complete the amazing Benchcrafted La Forge Royale Miter Jack Vise which was powered by a Lake Erie Toolworks built wooden vise screw and nut, you have one more chance to catch the train before it leaves the station.

Lake Erie Toolworks is doing a limited production run of Miter Jack hard maple vise screws & threaded nut blocks to accommodate the Benchcrafted “La Forge Royale Miter Jack”.

The wooden vise screw and threaded nut block can be ordered through Lake Erie Toolworks directly via this link. Once it says “Out of Stock”, that means we have sold out of the pre-order.  We may have some extras but can only guarantee a Miter Jack Kit to those who pre-order.

The remaining metal vise parts will have to be purchased from Benchcrafted BEFORE ordering your vise screw and nut block from Lake Erie Toolworks to make sure that you have what you need in order to complete the Miter Jack Vise.

Domestic USA shipping is included in the price of the Vise Screw & Nut pre-order, while international shipping will be calculated individually and billed separately.

Note that this is a pre-order for these wooden vise kit components which are expected to be completed and ready for shipment from Lake Erie Toolworks by early June 2017.

Don’t miss the train this time so we encourage you to jump onboard before we leave the station, quite possibly for the last time on this particular vise.

Best regards,
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

(All photos courtesy of Benchcrafted Blog and website.)

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Lake Erie Toolworks Announces New ClampGAUGE System

Glue manufacturers have recommended clamping pressures for panel glue-ups which ensure the strongest and longest lasting glue joint. To date, only large woodworking businesses & furniture manufacturers could afford to invest in industrial clamping machines which ensure that proper board glue-up pressures were achieved. Now, with the new Lake Erie Toolworks ClampGAUGE System, all woodworkers can benefit from stronger and longer lasting panel and tabletop glue-ups.

This tool works as a flexible clamping caul,engineered so that when it bottoms out on panel glue-ups, the proper clamping pressure is achieved.  It’s rare when a totally new type of woodworking tool comes along and the ClampGAUGE System certainly hits this mark.

  • This patent pending Made in the USA tool is precision CNC machined of 6061-T6 aluminum barstock, hard coat anodized for durability, laser etched and comes with a lifetime warranty
  • ClampGAUGEs come in three different sizes for the most effective board clamping possible and they work in pairs, one on each side of the boards to be glued up and are inserted between the clamp jaws and the wood.  Each kit also includes a chart which tells the user which ClampGAUGE size combinations to use and where along the board to space them.
  • As you tighten the clamp, the ClampGAUGE flattens out and as soon as the middle of the tool bottoms out on the wood, you have achieved the proper clamping pressure to ensure the best glue joint possible. This tool also self adjusts to accommodate all wood species ranging from softwoods to hardwoods

Using this tool couldn’t be easier and they truly ‘Take the Guesswork Out of Glue-ups’.

You can also click here to see the ClampGAUGE System in use with our awareness and training videos.

Our existing customers already know about the extreme quality of our wooden vise products and the new ClampGAUGE System is no exception. So now’s your chance to take the guesswork out of your glue-ups and ensure the strongest and longest lasting glue joint possible on your woodworking masterpiece.

Best regards,
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks

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New Lake Erie Toolworks International Distributor – Dictum

We would like to announce that Dictum has now joined the Lake Erie Toolworks family as our latest International distributor covering Germany, Austria and much of Europe.

The vise stock inventory has now been received in Germany and the Dictum catalog, stores and online website are ready to roll for a lot of happy woodworkers ready to get their workbenches underway.

Welcome aboard Dictum!

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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.

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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

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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

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