One of the cool things about the Wortheffort school of woodworking is the workbenches. Shawn Graham, the brains and back behind the school, built enough for 13 students and the instructor. Almost all of the benches are very basic Roubo designs made from construction timber.
No tail vises.
Workholding is all done with leg vises (no garters!), small Moxon-style vises for the benchtops and holdfasts.
All the vises, including the leg vises, use wooden-thread screws, which I think Shawn made himself.
I feel right at home in this shop environment, and it’s fun to show students how versatile these simple benches are.
The only downside is the leg vises are all so new that they screech when you use them. When all the students started to clamp their work up simultaneously, it sounded like someone was clubbing the Vienna Baby Seal Choir.
— Christopher Schwarz
Today we will work like heck to get these chests done. This is a three-day class crammed into two days.