Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hand Candy

Customer David Keeling sent us a nice email and some photos of his Classic Leg Vise-equipped bench this morning. Gorgeous. We love crisp, clean work like this. Below is David's email:

Subject: Thank you for the super hardware!

Thank you for the criss-cross and classic vise. Below is my European beech bench, shelf and dog hole yet to do, but the vise runs sweet and true.

The Crisscross mounting pin holes that you see are on one side only.  The chop is 8 and 1/2 inches wide which exceeded the length of the mounting pin so I made a choice of treating one side as a "show side" with no holes at all.  I made the leg 5 and 1/2 inches wide giving me 1 and 7/8 inches of wood on either side of the mortise for the Crisscross.  I drilled 1/4 inch shy of all the way through the leg then on the "working side" of the vise drilled a 3/4 inch hole centered on the pin hole 1/4 inch deep to allow me space to grab the pin for removal.  That left 1 and 5/8 inch of beech on each side to support the pin which I hope you concur will be enough.  I did mean to say holes for holdfast but I did make bench dogs out of 3/4 inch hickory dowels that I plan to use in concert with the holdfast and battens for work holding.

I think there will be more orders coming your way.  Three cabinet makers kindly let me use their air conditioned shop to build my bench.  They renamed your vise "hand candy" as everyone who came through their shop and tried it was amazed at how effortless the operation was.

Again in appreciation,

David Keeling


  1. David; excellent looking bench. that beech is sweet to work with and look at. I see you made this to break down to move around. I bet by the time you get it home and in your shop you'll never move it again. Great looking bench!
    mike mays in napa,ca.

  2. Any chance the classic hardware will be available at my local Toronto Lee Valley in the near future?


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