4. Multiple Ways to Hold Lumber
The Moravian Workbench is fantastic at holding lumber when you’re building furniture. First, there’s a very strong leg vise. Leg vises are my favorite style of face vise because of their strength and the way they hold the wood with very little obstruction.
These vise chops are available in oak or curly maple, and I source the maple screws from the best supplier of wooden vise screws. Note that I prefer to use a wooden garter (pictured below) as opposed to a metal garter (pictured above). A garter is used to lock the vise screw to the vise chop.
I workbenches will also come with a solid oak parallel guide which is used to prevent vise racking. I’ll also include a metal pin.
Next these workbenches feature a nice metal wagon vise, which was designed and refined by Will Myers:
The wagon vise lets you clamp wood between bench dogs for handplaning and other work. These wagon vises will work on any workbench, but they were specifically designed to work on the Portable Moravian Workbench. Click here if you just want to buy the wagon vise for your workbench.
And finally, the workbenches come with legs that are flush to the workbench top. This is a very important workbench feature, because it allows you to clamp long boards to the workbench with holdfasts or clamps.
The legs on these workbenches will come with holes bored for holdfasts. If you want to buy just the wooden screws from my source, click here.