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!
Whenever we attend a trade show or woodworking event we normally haul around our small Lake Erie Toolworks Demo Workbench to demonstrate the feel and functionality of our wooden vises (shown below here with the amazing Frank Klausz in action). We usually hear phrases like “smooth like buttah”, “fast as lightening” and “holds tighter than two coats of paint” when someone gives the vises a test drive. The challenge has always been, how best to replicate this very tactile vise experience so that people could try it out.
Our distributor in Germany, “Dictum” decided to provide this experience to their customers by commissioning a fully functional replica of our demo bench for use in one of their showroom floors in Germany. The bench was built by Jarek Ostaszewski who also happens to run a successful DIY construction and tool review YouTube Channel called “Domidrewno” in Poland.
Here’s the fantastic end product for your review.
The workbench is made out of solid beech along with Hard Maple for the vise components and is extremely sturdy and heavy. It also makes the perfect workbench for people who have limited space in their workshop, garage, basement or apartment but still want a fully functional and robust workbench.
For those of you who have further interest in this type of workbench, here is the link to access a series of nine (9) YouTube videos from Jarek on Domidrewno that will show you how he constructed the bench. If you don’t speak Polish, you will still be well served in watching the videos to see how he made this great workbench.
If you have any other comments on this workbench that you’d like to share with us, just drop us an email or give us a call.
Jeff Dombrowski – Lake Erie Toolworks
The Roubo Workbench Build (Part 2 of 2) is now complete and has been posted online by Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop. The overall video and direction provided by Johnny for both Parts 1 and 2 of this very informative series are fantastic.
While Part 1 of this video series covered the workbench top and wagon vise installation, Part 2 focuses on the leg & stretcher portion of the Roubo Workbench along with the leg vise and chop build and installation. The end product – an amazing and very functional workbench. The plans are also available for purchase on the Crafted Workshop website as well.
Great job Johnny!
I guess we can check this one off the list now as our good friend Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop has done an amazing job with this fantastic Roubo build video (Part 1 of 2). He will also be adding the workbench build plans for sale to his website very soon along with the Part 2 of 2 video to finish up the workbench.
Great job Johnny – job very well done!
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.
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
We were recently visited by our local TV News (WJET-TV) in Erie, PA where they profiled Lake Erie Toolworks for their “Made In America – Made Right Here” news segment. It was a neat experience having them film us discussing our wooden vises and our new “ClampGAUGE” product line which allows a woodworker to achieve the correct clamping pressure for panel glue-ups as recommended by glue manufacturers.
This quick video is now posted on our Lake Erie Toolworks website home page as well as our YouTube channel for your viewing enjoyment.
Quick note that Christopher Schwarz is now building his Second Roman Workbench which can be found on the Lost Art Press Blog. Here’s the link for your convenience. He’s just getting underway with the build now, but it’s already shaping up to be quite the bench. We’re also anxious to see how the Wagon vise fueled by a Lake Erie Toolworks wooden screw & nut will turn out as well. Enjoy!