Woodworking in America

We had a great time at WIA. This was our first trade show and it was a very good experience. I had the opportunity to personally meet a lot of the Popular Woodworking staff and Christopher Schwarz who had a booth across the hall from us. The Hovarter Custom Vise is featured in Chris’s book, “The Workbench Design Book”. Chris is a great guy and it was a pleasure to meet him.

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Mounting an End Cap

Mounting an end cap on the end of a work bench can be challenging. Since the end cap grain direction is perpendicular to the grain direction of the bench top, the bench top must be allowed to move with seasonal humidity changes or it may split where it is restrained. The typical way to handle this situation is to route some slots into the underside of the bench top to accept standard hex nuts. The end cap then has to have large slotted counter-bores to accept hex headed bolts. I think the large bolt heads and slots in the end cap are unsightly and when you inevitably have to tighten the end cap bolts (due to seasonal expansion and contraction) you will need to search for two tools; a socket wrench and an open end wrench.

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A New Way To Mount The Wagon Vise

On my latest bench I wanted to keep the overhang on the right end of the bench to a minimum while still maintaining the full travel of the wagon vise. The problem is that the stretcher was right in the way. So I thought why not mount the end of the shaft right into the stretcher itself. After an exhausting search I found a flange mount bearing which fits perfectly. It has a sealed ball bearing in a spherical flange so it is self aligning and verysmooth.

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