Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

This Saturday: A WIA Preview

The Lost Art Press storefront will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10, less than a week before Woodworking in America. We’ll have all our books for sale, plus some new T-shirts for Lost Art … Continue reading

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Roman End Vise Installed (with a Frankenstein Assist)

The Holy Roman end vise is installed and functioning quite well, though at one point I thought I was going to curl under the bench and shed some Holy Roman tears. After bashing out the slot and mortises for the … Continue reading

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The Holy Roman Tail Vise

Tail vises are funny things. I’ve installed many of them during the last 20 years, and I have a formula to calculate the time to do it right. Here it is: Time to install a tail vise with precision = … Continue reading

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The Soft Bit Preservation Society and Ignorant Slots

Good news. The threaded screws for the face vise on the Holy Roman Workbench are a couple inches below the danger zone. I’ve been working on the bench these last couple days and have found that my boyhood is well … Continue reading

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Heavy Mail, or 10 Days of Reviewing ‘Roubo on Furniture Making’

Just as expected the UPS truck arrived this afternoon with a hefty box, inside of which was the three-ring binder with the 434 pages of text from the next offering in the “Roubo” series. Once we are done reviewing it … Continue reading

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Wanna See My Shapelier New Nuts?

I wasn’t happy with the “hurricane” nuts on the Holy Roman Workbench. So I sat down with a compass and French curves this morning to sketch some new nuts. Those weren’t working either, so I put away the drafting tools … Continue reading

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Finishing the Holy Roman Face Vise

  I made up the maple hooky-looking vise nuts for the face vise today. I’m not completely happy with the final shape – the hook on the end needs to be more fish hook-y. But they work. First I drilled … Continue reading

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