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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  • RH on Where My Wood Comes FromI call it being 'past my use by date.'
  • RH on Where My Wood Comes FromUvalde, TX. Home of 'Cactus' Jack Garner, Vice-President with FDR before Harry Truman.
  • BENEDICT O'SULLIVAN on Town BuildingsI understand why 'power' tools have become dominant: is the nature of humans to look for 'better' ways to do things. Who fancies swapping the modern sawmill for the log saws of old…
  • Ermir on Plane Knob Without a LatheThis is yet another degree of freedom! I don't need a plane knob today, but this allows me to modify turned legs, to make handles, to make round sections anywhere I like, practical…
  • Paulo on Where My Wood Comes FromThank you Paul, I’m humbled. I am no authority on either cultures, but I am ‘made of’ words such as those. Such things I come across and they imprint on me, I have no choice but to…
  • Myk Hough on Where My Wood Comes FromIf you believe the words of Psalm 90 then, once you have reached 70 you are on borrowed time or, as I like to call it, "overtime". The advertising phrases "lifetime guarantee" and…
  • Paul Sellers on Town BuildingsRob, Education is indeed in a sad and sorry condition worldwide, we've all but handed our kids over to be industrialised from birth to the grave. That said, the young adults I know…