Bench vises I’ve installed more vises through the years than I care to even think of counting, well over 200 I suspect. Add to that those I have coached in the fitting of them and it would triple that number because I used to teach a workbench making course to 16 students at a time,…

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Cutting the vise opening into the apron and fitting the vise You can, as I said, use a jigsaw, but the hand tool method is more fun, more demanding and of course you get good exercise in clean, clear, breathable air. The choice is yours. With the layout lines in place, bore a series of holes in…

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Fitting jaw linings You can use plywood, a good grade, or solid wood, even pine, if that’s what you have, to line the jaws of your vise. In this case I’ve chosen sapele, an african hardwood with perfect hardness and compression for this work. I’ve used it before and it’s one of the best. Better…

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  • Neil Greene on Hannah, Sketches, Life, WorkCongratulations Hanna! Beautiful table. Great work! Can’t wait to see more of your work displayed.
  • Ermir on Toolbox Build UpdateThat haunched tenon and the groove look like they have grown into each other! Accurate and elegant, it is so inspiring!
  • Paul Sellers on Toolbox Build UpdateMost old furniture is waxed with beeswax or coated in shellac, a natural finish with zero toxicity. Shellac, excreted by the lac bug, is what is used on children's candy to give it…
  • Peter Marshall on Toolbox Build UpdateWhen recycling wood this way from old furniture how do you safely remove the finish ? Is it OK to use a hand plane to strip off the old finish ? Any safety / health issues to consi…
  • nemo on Toolbox Build Update"The cost at the charity shop was so minimal I had no choice but to buy." That's the problem I often have with charity shops too. Especially when it comes to tools I already have m…
  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build UpdateSorry, correcting: "I have worked in just about every western wood there is..." South American woods too?
  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build Update"Trabalhei em quase todas as madeiras ocidentais que existem..." South American woods too?