This weekend I built a contemporary lamp for the August 2011 issue of the magazine that was all-electrons, all the time. It has been a while since I have worked this way – usually my mode is to use machines for the heavy lifting and hand tools for the details. And I was surprised by … Read more
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I find it curious that, more than a year after the November 2009 issue, I’m suddenly getting a spate of questions about the LVL Knockdown Workbench Editor Christopher Schwarz and I built. The most common question – and one that makes sense – is, “How has it held up?” We built the bench to experiment … Read more
With simple lines and straightforward joinery, this project yields ample shelf space (and drawers to boot). By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 46-51 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now This large case-on-case shelving unit is adapted from similar pieces I’ve seen in private libraries and in stately homes. I also dug up a … Read more
Machined to the nth degree, this leg vise clamps like a champ.
By Megan Fitzpatrick
From the February 2011 issue #188
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The Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise takes its design cues from a traditional leg vise with a wooden screw, but this contemporary iteration works more smoothly, easily and quickly. And it cinches down hard on a workpiece with little torquing effort by the user. Benchcrafted calls it “effortless workholding” – and that’s true, once you get the Glide properly installed. It’s a little more work than installing a wooden screw but once you’re done, this
vise is a joy to use.
With a traditional screw, you simply cut a through-hole in your bench leg and seat a threaded block in a notch at the back of the leg (and install a garter, if you choose), cut a through-mortise for the parallel guide, then the work on the leg is complete. (With both the Glide and a traditional vise, you also, of course, have to make the chop and parallel guide.)
Top-10 lists don’t generally come out until the end of December, but we’re releasing this one a month early, so that you know what should go on your own holiday wish list (and to give you some gift ideas for other woodworkers). With no further ado, here are the Woodworker’s BookShop Top 10 Bestselling Products … Read more
Fetch the yurt, honey. It looks like 2011 is going to be a nomadic year. I’ll be teaching classes all across the country and even in Germany in the coming year on a wide variety of hand-tool topics. Below is a chronological list of the classes and a brief description. “Handplane Essentials” The Woodwright’s School, … Read more
At Woodworking in America, the question I was asked most often was, “Did you finish the bench?” The answer? “Yes , sort of.” On Thursday morning last week, Glen Huey and Bob Lang loaded up Bob’s split-top “21st-century Workbench,” Chris’s 2005 behemoth Roubo workbench, my LVL workbench and a passel of small Sjoberg benches that … Read more