As requested: A detail of the face vise on the 1764 bench from “Hallens, Werkstätte der Künste.”
Is that curvy part that looks like it is clamped in the vice actually (hehe) the rear “jaw”. If so, is that the second piece of ornamentation?
Spectacular!!!! Frank Klauz bench comes to mind at first glance.
Here’s a similar bench in an otherwise very interesting shop scene by Johann Baptist Reiter, Austrian, c.1838. The face vise is still tiny and appears to have only a knob grip, not a cross bar.
Wish I could find a bigger and better image of this. It was in the exhibit “Biedermeier; the Invention of Simplicity” at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006.
A better image is on the website of the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, which I can’t drop into a comment.
Search for the artist in the collections-online section
That looks a lot like the “Moxon bench screw” (pre “improvements”) that Chris added to one of his benches (I think it was the 2005 Roubo): http://www.popularwoodworking.com/workbenches/schwarz-workbenches/video-moxons-bench-screw-tweaked
I asked for the enlargement and am still confused. looks like a single bench screw bur I do not understand the curved stop. Also it seems that the back face of the jaw is incomplete. The good nws is that mine works fine. I jus bore 3/16″ holes down the front of the bench and jam draw bore pinhs in to support the workpiece.
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