Friday, September 11, 2020

Bench Moved

When I posted this morning I had forgotten about the tool chest. Most of the time when I remove the slab from one of my Moravian benches I will slide it over to one of the other benches and then from there move it to where needed. That way I never have to lift the full weight. This morning everything was covered with tools except I had over looked the tool chest on wheels. Of course flat head syndrome once I saw the tool chest, not only was it high enough but it was on wheels so it could be rolled where needed.

Moving the slab to the tool chest:

Of course because everything is so crowded there was a little back and forth to get the slab in position and to move to the base. The base is light enough to scoot and pick up as needed to set in position. If it had been tighter I could have separated the base units from the stretchers and moved each piece instead of the whole base unit as one.

The base in Position:

Once base was in position it was a piece of cake to scoot the slab onto the base. With the slab on the base, the leg vise set in position and just a wiggle or two it all comes together. To finish off drive the four wedges home and that sucker is moved and ready for work.

Bench moved without breaking into a sweat, damn I love Moravian benches. Try moving this solid of a bench of almost any other design by yourself and not a grunt in the process.



  1. I don't dislike shavings on the ground of my workshop but I have learned that a clean/smooth deck makes rolling things much easier as the smallest irregularity will need climbing over it. I have realized this looking at professional movers moving heavy machinery (lathe and milling machine) in a space where it had to be moved by men power; they took great care to sweep the floor.
    Although we probably all have experimented this with a supermarket caddy when a wheel meet something fallen on the supermarket floor and the caddy stops.


  2. Global weather.
    Fumes from fires in US have an influence on Europe's sky.

    1. Sylvain,

      you are correct, the good news the tool chest only had to move a few feet.

      We are over a 1000 miles from the major fires yet our skies are smoke covered with red suns you can look directly at during the day. With the upper winds you folks are always downwind and while the smoke may be slightly diluted it is only slightly. We live in a small world, as a pilot I've know that for a long time. Everyone else will soon find it so.

      BTW, one of the stories I've told often: When I first started flying the pollution level only surrounded large cities and even then seldom was above 6000'MSL. Once away from a major city there was no visible pollution and you could see for hundreds of miles. By the time I retired from flying the pollution over most of the world reached up to as high as FL 450 and may have been higher, I don't know if it did because the airplanes I flew didn't go above FL450.

      The good news for me is I will be dead before all this peaks. My kids may not be because it is coming to unsustainable quickly. And much like Vietnam about all I can offer is "Sorry about that".