With a configuration like that the vise needs a minimum of a 4 1116 overhang so i had to remove my bench top and offset it to give the front a 5 overhang. I make a custom tail vise for the moravian workbench.
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The top shelf bench circa 1820 this bench is on the top shelf of the old salem warehouse hence its nickname so it was the hardest to examine without climbing all primate style up the racks.
Moravian workbench tail vise. You will also need a minimum bench overhang of 12 in length. The top of my bench had a 2 12 overhang on all four sides and is bolted directly to underlying rails. The original moravian bench didnt have a tail vise so myers concocted his own using a left hand thread acme rod some nuts pipe and other assorted bits he welded together.
I wrote about this bench here. The batch of 25 i. Stay tuned and thanks for coming along on another of my journeys.
He put the wagon vise on a near copy of a portable moravian workbench in the collection at old salem in winston salem nc. I also had to drill some holes through the bench rail to allow the vise to travel. If workbenches were like automobiles then id consider the tail vise to be like the heated seats in a car.
Installing the second vise written by jeff branch ust as i began the installation of the second vise for my new workbench an end vise i saw a blog post by richard maguire saying that you dont need a second vise. Theyre an option of course but they are by no means standard equipment like tires. In part two i will cover the top i came up with and the vises.
These are a kind of spare time project for me and there has not been enough spare time. This bench is oak the top is quite quartersawn and features the traditional european shoulder vise and tail vise. Quick heads up that will myers the driver of the modern moravian workbench style has a new blog site where he has recently posted about his experiences with using our new lake erie toolworks 2x wooden vise on his latest moravian workbench build.
Out of economic necessity my first three workbenches didnt have tail vises and so i was thrilled. The reason i have not written about them i have had a back log of orders to work thru the past two years. The original bench had a 16 in wide by 2 in thick white oak top.
Free moravian workbench plans resources. The moravian workbench part 2 after the base was complete i moved on to the top. These vises can be mounted on most any workbench with a top thickness from 1 to 6.
Thinking about building a moravian bench with a 2x wood vise take a looksee at his recent two blog posts that will give you the low down on this. I am going to add a tail vise that the original does not have. This dvd was directed filmed and edited by joshua farnsworth.
Below you will find resources and free woodworking workbench plans for building the portable moravian workbench as mentioned in the dvd video building the moravian workbench with will myers. Moravian tail vise installation instructions thank you for purchasing the moravian tail vise.
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