Announcing our June 2016 Workbench Idea

Our June 2016 Workbench Idea is an amazing Shaker Style Workbench that comes to us from Al B. from Poultney, Vermont.  Al’s combination of a wooden leg and wagon vise really makes this workbench pop.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Shaker Style Workbench, Wooden Vise, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise

Hi Nick,

My bench is nearing completion and I thought I would let you see where you vises ended up.

The bench cabinet was designed by Ron Briese and I purchased the plans for it from Benchcrafted. However since I am not to far from the Hancock Shaker Village and have looked at their bench many times I wanted wooden vise screws on mine.

Boy they work nice. Very pleased.

Thank you

Al B.

Announcing Our December 2015 Workbench Idea

As we close out 2015, we have a tremendous workbench idea that combines the best of a Roubo mixed with a Shaker Style bench from Jeff J. who hails from Noblesville, Indiana.  This is one fine workbench that has plenty of storage for Jeff’s tools but also plenty of capacity & space to clamp whatever is being built.

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Shaker Style Workbench, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Shaker Style Workbench, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Shaker Style Workbench, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Shaker Style Workbench, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Lake Erie Toolworks, Roubo Workbench, Shaker Style Workbench, Leg Vise, Wooden Vise

Dear Sirs,  my son finally convinced me to send pictures to you of the workbench I built 3 years ago with lumber that I accidentally stumbled onto while attending a small Estate Auction.  I was able to purchase 14 pieces of 3” x 5” x 80” rough cut maple boards for $100 and decided at that time to build the workbench I had always dreamed of building.

I spent the next weekend planing and finishing the wood and assembling the frame and top.  My son helped me assemble the main bench with recessed lag bolts which are covered with 1/8” thick walnut plugs which allow the workbench to be broken down for moving at a later date if necessary.

The following two weekends were spent building the center drawers and storage compartments for all of my wood working hand tools and wood planes.

This storage cabinet measures 19” tall x 24” deep x 58” long and consists of 12 individual sliding drawers with the main carcass being built from 3/4 birch plywood.  The face frame was built from walnut and the drawer fronts were built from walnut and curly maple with solid brass knobs.  The back side of the storage cabinet was partitioned off into 9 individual shelf areas for storage of my larger wood planes. Another weekend was spent mounting the leg vise and end vise and putting the final touches to the project.

The workbench stands 34” tall and is 30” wide by 72” long and weighs in at a hefty and very stable 450 pounds.  The workbench was finished off with several coats of boiled linseed oil while the drawer fronts were finished with several coats of clear satin polyurethane finish.  The workbench has become the centerpiece of my woodworking shop and the envy of all of my woodworking friends.

Jeff J. –  Noblesville, Indiana

Announcing Our January 2015 Workbench of the Month

Our January 2015 Workbench of the Month comes to us from Terry A. from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Terry has built an amazing Shaker style workbench that has both a wagon and leg vise.  This 400 lb. Western Canadian beauty not only provides plenty of tool storage but is also a functional work of art to behold.  Bottom line, this is a fantastic workbench to kick off the brand new year so everyone enjoy!

Shaker Style Workbench, Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise

Shaker Style Workbench, Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise

Shaker Style Workbench, Lake Erie Toolworks, Leg Vise, Wagon Vise

Hello, Just finished my new bench. A Shaker workbench based on an historic piece. This bench was built on the design by Ron Brese. She is 25″ deep, 84″ long and just under 36″ high. This monolith is around 400 lbs. The carcass is 3/4″ Baltic plywood and poplar. The top, leg vise and deadman are western maple. The top is 3″ thick with the facing overhang 4″. I used aniline dye on the vise screws.

There are only a couple of changes from Ron Brese’s plan. This extra overhang was needed to accommodate the wagon vise. This change led to the deadman rail needing to come out the same distance. I raised the rail so my feet can easily shuffle under it. The increase in overhang led to the stationary portion of the leg vise also moving out. A good part of the leg vise nut is captured within this thicker piece. The top of the bench locates itself at the front corner where the overhang and wagon vise form a natural 90 deg. I put a 1/2″ brass rod in the top of the stationary part of the leg vise and the underside of the top. This was done to maintain registration between the top and the leg vise with wood movement. From there back the top floats.

There was no question about the screws being anything but wood. Through time they have proven themselves. There is the perception that metal would be better. But looking at the design parameters, the expected demands, Sugar Maple is beyond adequate. And wood is what we do. I’m aware that wood is not indestructible and pay attention to the moment. Just the place I want to be. These are very well made screws that will outlive me. (I have no known terminal health problems!).

The hardware for both the leg and tail/wagon vise are very well made and function beautifully. There is such an affinity with the fact these are wood. Why would I want anything else? Steel is wonderful in its indestructible nature and perception of lasting forever. But wood is from a living source that’s time is fleeting. It’s soft it’s warm it needs your awareness to endure. It has its limits but they are well beyond the use it has been crafted to fulfill. Why would I not give the vise the same attention I give my chisels? The vise doesn’t really demand anything more than other fine tools ask. It’s so kind to the eye and hand. Thank you for a very fine product.

Terry A. – Victoria, BC – Canada