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Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #5: Cap'n, We Need More Power! (Electrical Woes, in The "Wood Shop"

My “Wood Shop” is housed in the old hangar, that we built in 2008. It’s not really old, but I call it old, as I’m not able to fly anymore. Any way, when I was having electricity run to it, I told the electrician that I only wanted a 8’...

Power Tools VS. Hand Tools

For a long time there has been a rift in the woodworking world. With technology ever increasing that rift will only grow I’m sure. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the hand tools vs. power tools divide and with new technology on the...

Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #2: Making Hand Tools with Power Tools

I would love to have the time to work on these chevys with hand tools without the noise, dust, and sharp whirly things but I’m on a mission here and time is of the essence. In that light, this morning started out (after cleaning up the glue-ups)...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #5: Assembling the Interlaid Legs

Ok, lets get into the leg assemblies. This is one of the really interesting parts of my bench. The leg assemblies end up as perfectly fitted finger joints with the very best possible glue joint but can be cut and assembled with butt joints and...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #2: Building the Wagon Vices

OK, lets get started. I will go through the build process in the same order that I built the bench and as a non-working concept of wedge power would have been a deal breaker, the first job was to build a wagon vice or two to make sure they would...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #6: Mounting the Wagons and Cosmetic Top

As a boat builder I worked with epoxy A LOT… so for me it was a no brainer that the vices would be loose fitted and fixed in place with epoxy. This gives both the best possible fit and the strongest grip you’re going to find. That doesn’t mean...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #8: Leg Vice Upgrade

I’ve been doing a bit of repetitive hand cutting (dovetails) in my leg vice (or vise if you prefer) lately and while I am very happy with it in general, I guess the one drawback has always been that you almost need another hand for the wedge...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #7: Installing the Leg Vice and Finishing Up

The leg vice is so simple as to be self explanatory and its installation likewise, to the point that you can install it and uninstall it in less than a minute. This is nice on those occasions when you don’t want a vice in the way of your work...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #4: Fitting the Sides and Ends

I know that I have said that there is no “fancy joinery” in this bench and there certainly doesn’t have to be. There is however, in my own bench, a simple dovetail joint in the top frame corners. It is purely decorative and a box joint or even a...

The V8 Wedge Powered Workbench #3: Building the Plywood Bench Top

NOTE: Most of this page can be avoided if you want to just drill your dog holes in the layered plywood. The inserts are the “Cadillac version”. Part of the plan for this bench from the start was that is was to use inter-laid layers of plywood...