My 18th Century Workbench in progress 29


Since being part of the Woodspotting family I started reading Joshua A. Klein’s blog, The Workbench Diary. It is highly recommended, by the way. A while ago he wrote a series of posts with advice for woodworking bloggers. I realised that I tick almost none of the points he mentioned.

The point which is relevant to this post is that he recommended that one should post photos of yourself on a fairly frequent basis. I realised that I have posted almost no (such) picture at all. Apart from the Freudian look on my home page of course. My daughter Aoife (6 yoa) took to the camera this weekend, thus providing me with some material to scare off potential readers. I recently heard someone say about another person: “He has a face for radio and a voice for the printed media!”. I wonder whether Joshua considered this issue in writing his blog guidance? Maybe some of us should rather stick to pictures of old Stanley’s and dovetails.

Anyway, into the fray!


By now you might want to pray (just to make it today!) …


… fair enough, let’s get back to woodwork. Here you can see the first fit of the Roubo-esque sliding-deadman-cum-eggbeater-leg-vise.


… and the same beast after some oil. You might notice the candle wax I applied as a lubricant. It works like a charm. As you can see, it is quite easy to remove the jaw and it becomes a conventional sliding deadman when necessary.


It did not take too long for it to start paying rent.




Gerhard Marx

2 thoughts on “My 18th Century Workbench in progress 29”

  1. Woah, I’ve never seen a sliding vise like that before, very clever. That bench is a monster! I’m currently working off my kitchen table 🙁

    1. Hi Siavosh, thanks for the comment, I appreciate. I have been building the bench since Feb 2014 and it is almost finished. You can read all about it from the start if you click on the “building my benches” category. Have a wondeful day. Gerhard

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