Friday, January 7, 2011

January 2011 Back in the Studio

Hi to everyone hope you are all well and have had a great break. Now it is time to get back in the studio and move the year forward. I have a lot of things planned for this year - some interesting commissions, finishing the Bench, a new video commercial for the website and YouTube. New changes to the courses we run are also exciting with improvements being made in the shape of outside lecturers in subjects like engineering, drawing, watercolours.

Back to the bench here are the latest project pictures.

As I had decided to flush fit a pattern makers vice, a lot of consideration was needed at both the design stage and throughout the making, here I am cutting the recess out to house the back of the vice.
Multiple cuts on the bandsaw has help remove the majority of waste required to house the vice. A small crosscut saw will remove the last of the waste and some filling, sanding will finish.

Dry glue-up with the front and rear rails.

Glue up front and rear rails.

Vice supported bracket fitted after quite a fair bit of tuning

Vice back fitted and new leather lining fitted, notice the first assembly of the Veritas twin screw vice at the other end of the bench.

Front section of vice fitted with new detailed machine wheel, these are custom items and do not come with the vice, it matches the ones we have fitted on the Veritas twin screw vice. normally all these vices would have a wooden bar handle. Not that cool

This is what it is all about the versatility, being able to adjust the vice at any angle if you have never seen one of these in action I suggest you check them out, it will change the way you work.

New freshly turned aluminium bench dogs which fit snugly in the brass ferrules mounted in the bench.

Image below shows new Veritas twin screw vice, these come with a chain cover but I like the look of the chain.

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