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Plate 11 Workbench To Debut New Benchcrafted Leg Vise At WIA!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

BenchCrafted just released some awesome new hardware and Plate 11 Workbench will have it at Woodworking In America! It seems Jameel and the rest of the family over at BenchCrafted have always got something new in the works. The latest innovation to hit the market is the new Glide Leg Vise. This vise has several great new features. The most obvious change is the new look. BenchCrafted has moved the knob from the face of the handwheel to the outside edge and added two extra knobs. The three knobs spaced evenly around the outside edge give...

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Compounding Errors and A Benchmaker’s Tale of Woe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

My first mistake was working while I was sick. I’ve had a succession of three summer colds with no more than two or three healthy days between them. When I have a cold my ability to plan for the future drops to almost nothing. This is not a good frame of mind to work in when you’re designing a bench in a style you’ve never built before (Split-Top Roubo), for an imaginary customer (this is a spec bench), incorporating hardware you’ve never used before (damn you barrel bolts!). When I build a custom bench I ask my customer all sorts of questions about how the bench will...

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Hardware Sources for Roorkee Chairs

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Projects, Reviews, Roorkees | 0 comments

Hardware Sources for Roorkee Chairs

Since posting photos of my Roorkee Builds I’ve had a few people ask me where to find the brass and other specialty hardware for the chairs. Some of it was easy to find and some of it took much more work than I expected we’ll start with the easy stuff. - Nuts, Bolts and Screws: You can find this stuff anywhere. My two favorite choices are my local Ace Hardware Store or Fastenal.com. I stripped off the zinc and oiled all the steel on the first pair of chairs, but I wasn’t happy with the color so I tried a baked flax oil finish suggested by Jameel over at BenchCrafted. Due to...

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Tool Review: Wood Owl Tri-Augers – Nail Chipper vs. Ultra Smooth

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Tool Review: Wood Owl Tri-Augers – Nail Chipper vs. Ultra Smooth

Several weeks ago my friends over at Time Warp Tool Works asked me to write up a comparison of the two Wood Owl Augers I use when I build workbenches for my customers. I’ve been working my way through a backlog that built up while I was hauling benches all around the midwest to Lie-Nielson’s Hand Tool Events, so it’s taken way too long to get it done (sorry Garth). I build my benches out of 16/4 Silver maple, so that’s what I used for this review. I suspect the performance of the bits in harder woods like Hard Maple, Ash or Oak would pretty much be the...

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Visit Chicago… Take home a workbench

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Visit Chicago… Take home a workbench

If you’ve been wanting a new work bench, but you don’t have the time, energy or back to build one, come see us at the Lie-Nielson Hand Tool Event this weekend at Jeff Miller’s place in Chicago. We’ve put together a Plate 11 Workbench package you won’t find anywhere else. This bench comes complete with a leg vise from Lake Erie Toolworks that’s tapped directly into the leg. We’re also throwing in a reproduction Roubo Plate 11 iron package hand forged by Peter Ross. Here are the details: Dimensions – 84″L x 23″D x 34-1/2″H...

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