I remember the first time Richard and I were looking to purchase some hardwood and just how daunting the whole thing was. We’d been lucky enough prior to use material supplied by Richard’s Dad but on this occasion we needed to step out on our own. I was working elsewhere at the time but I still … [Read more...]
The Perfect Pastime
I’ve been lucky enough to steal a few evenings this week to enjoy some woodwork for our videos. It may seem strange after building workbenches all day that I would long for some spare time when I can work wood but that’s just how it is. I never tire of building my benches but I find I big difference … [Read more...]
Round Dogs or Square?
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter. Both round and square bench dogs will hold effectively. After a short time of working with both shapes though I must say that I soon came to favour the round ones. Many, many bench builds later and that opinion still stands. As someone who’s pleasure comes … [Read more...]
Get A Grip!
If you’re building a workbench then you’ll likely spend a lot of time pondering over which vices are going to suit you the best. There’s a lot of choice out there so it can be a big headache but whatever you opt for there’s one step that I definitely recommend you take. Adding a suede lining to … [Read more...]
The Last Empire – In Stock
This week I’ve completed what may be my last few ‘Empire’ workbenches. The Empire is a model that I designed to allow me to offer a solid bench with a lower price tag and it’s been in production for a couple of years. The design was heavily influenced by the typical traditional English benches that … [Read more...]
The English Woodworker Videos – Online
We announced last week that we're working on some new online woodworking videos and we want to give you a taste of what they're all about. Bench building keeps us busy, no doubt there. But we’ve always felt that if you’re going to do something it’s worth doing right. Building workbenches gives me … [Read more...]
Start as we Mean to Go On.
It’s now time to look forward and share our outlook for the year ahead. There’s plenty of workbenches to be built, but then that goes without saying. The following sums up a few points that will make this year different to the last. Maguire Vices - We’ve a couple of new projects under wraps at … [Read more...]
A Fond Farewell
Once we get past the first week in January it’s usual for Christmas to be long forgotten as we try to throw ourselves back to the grind, and for the most part we hardy recall having a break at all. This January though we’ve decided to take a small glance back at 2012 as it’s been an interesting and … [Read more...]
So it’s a bit of a sales push today but hopefully you’ll forgive us of this every once in a while. We’ve been able to complete an extra Artisan workbench so we’ve popped it in to stock on our website. This is a 6’ bench with a twin screw face vice and standard 34” height. It’s not often that we’re … [Read more...]
You May Cringe!
Don’t worry, I haven’t hit myself in the nuts or cut off a finger… but to some of you I’m sure this might seem far worse! For the past 4 or so years I’ve been using this hefty lump hammer as the sole ’mallet’ in my workshop. I always used a wooden mallet prior and my last one lasted long enough … [Read more...]
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