One of the interesting characteristics of the moravian workbenches at old salem is how the bench forms evolved. I first encountered this form of bench in 2011 during a tour of the storehouses at old salem and wrote a few blog entries about them.
The moravian workbench part 2 after the base was complete i moved on to the top.
Moravian woodworking bench. It s a full featured bench in a compact design that can be knocked to pieces in minutes. Building the portable moravian workbench with will myers this dvd was directed filmed and edited by joshua farnsworth. My plan was to glue up a yellow pine top because i didn t have anything of these dimensions.
First there s the wood screw leg vise with massive holding power. Roy did a show on the moravian influences and a lot on the benches. While the portable moravian workbench may look a little different than the english and french designs that are so popular this design based on an 18th century workbench from the old salem community of north carolina hits on everything needed for a woodworker.
Complete with hand forged screws taps for wooden ones and great old hand forged iron dogs. The original bench had a 16 in wide by 2 in thick white oak top. Building the portable moravian workbench with will myers hd download.
The more ancient benches were made using oak. The newer benches have poplar components and lots of maple a more traditional bench building material. The bench i made is called a moravian bench.
Also the more recent benches tended to take on more american characteristics. See more ideas about workbench moravian woodworking bench. Moravian workbench plans free below are the plans and the pdf version of the original moravian bench article that was on wk fine tools.
In the meantime i ran across an old white oak beam from a dismantled barn built in the 1880 s. Will myers visited a few months later and. The moravian workbench made popular by will myers is a gorgeous piece of work probably the prettiest workbench in our shop.
The original moravian workbench was made in the late 1700 s by a religious group of immigrants from moravia the moravians an area in modern day czech republic and slovakia. In the past there have been websites selling this same plan annoys me to no end that they hiked from wk. From the early germanic with the heavy tail vises to the later addition the shoulder vise and on to face vises.
Mar 2 2019 explore amirtzvia s board moravian workbench on pinterest. The workbench is in the museum storage at the old salem village in north carolina.