Just posted a quick Lake Erie Toolworks Wooden Vise Highlights video on our website home page. If you have a minute to spare take a look / see. I suspect you might even like the ‘bluesy’ music the video is cut with. Enjoy!
Our latest Workbench Idea comes to us from James P. from Hurricane, West Virginia. James built a great English style workbench as well as a Moravian style workbench that he constructed at the Woodwright’s School in North Carolina. We think you’ll agree that he did a great job on both workbenches. So here’s your year end 2016 two-fer workbench idea!
I wanted to thank you for the technical assistance and information on the face vise build for my English style work bench. The screw is working great and I love this vise. I wanted to share some pictures of my new bench and my Moravian style work bench that I built at the Woodwright School a couple of years ago. Both have Lake Erie vise screws and both are fantastic.
James P. – Hurricane West Virginia
We have a very unique workbench of the month for April 2015 which comes to us from David F. from Wichita, Kansas. David built a 1/3 scale model workbench for a local historical museum in Wichita that was having a Christmas toy show. This workbench features both a functional face and tail vise that has wooden vise screws and internal garters. This workbench is simply amazing. As you look at the extended grouping of pictures, don’t forget to look at the can of Coke Zero in the foreground of several of the pictures which will help to put the workbench scale into perspective for you. Once again, simply amazing!
Dear Lake Erie Toolworks,
I built this 1/3 scale model for our local Historical Museum’s Christmas toy show. I modeled the bench after a late 1800s bench that I have in my shop. The screws are held in place with internal garters. The screws are made from lignum vitae that I had in the shop (super nice to machine). The bench is maple and with walnut for the base stretchers and tail vise parts. This was a great project will be enjoyed for a long time to come.
Thanks. David F.
Adding our January 2011 Workbench of the Month from Jim C. of Excelsior, Minnesota to our Lake Erie Toolworks Blog for ease of access and historical awareness.
Hey Nick, I attached a few photos showing your awesome screw installed in the finished Nicholson workbench. Feel free to use these photos on your site if you want to. The vise cheek is 25″ x 12″ x 2″, with over a foot between screw and guide bar. The movement is extremely smooth with absolutely no racking. The action is beautiful and I’m very pleased with it.
The bench is a reproduction of Peter Nicholson’s joiner’s bench, as described briefly in “The Mechanic’s Companion”. The length is 9 feet, which is long enough to plane moldings for large case pieces. The benchtop is 29″ from the floor. I used 2×12 and 2×6 construction lumber and built it entirely with hand tools in two weekends. The vise chop is a chunk of 8/4 poplar, as is the planing stop and vise guide bar. There is 12.25″ between the screw and guide, so I can get a
pretty good-sized drawer in there. I would guess the bench weighs around 275-300 lbs, but due to Nicholson’s clever design which uses the front and rear aprons as structural components, the bench is much stiffer than you would expect. I’m a big 300 lb guy, and I can’t rack the bench with all my might. It’s heavy enough not to move when I push it. There is no finish, except for paraffin wax on the screw threads and vise guide.
I think a metal screw would have looked totally silly on a bench like this, and I couldn’t get my mind around that. Maybe there’s no practical reason to work with antique tools in an entirely hand-tool shop, but some of the best things in life are impractical. There is a certain meditative aesthetic to the old ways, and the Lake Erie Toolworks wooden screw completes the picture brilliantly.
I’m really pleased with the screw kit I got from Lake Erie Toolworks and I’ve told quite a few people about it. Thanks for the great product!
Jim C. , Excelsior, Minnesota