The clamp shaft of the vises does not require any lubrication to operate smoothly. The internal mechanism however, does need grease for smooth operation. Our vises are built using an NLGI #2 extreme pressure grease. This same high-quality grease is now available for you to purchase in a convenient 0.5-ounce container that you can keep near your vise. Grease is widely available at home centers and auto parts stores but you typically have to purchase a tube (used in [...]
We have added some new handwheels to further allow you to customize your woodworking vise. These new handwheels have a square profile with a very nicely finished turned profile. They have a very nice feel in the hand. The large one is 8" diameter and is for use with the leg or face vise. The smaller one is 6" diameter and is for use with the wagon vise. The smaller diameter will keep the handwheel below the top of [...]
We have have had a great response for our new Moravian leg vise hardware and X Link. So many requests that we ran out of our first prototype run of parts and are now making more. The Moravian leg vise is our original leg vise hardware with an integral front bearing added to it which allows the X Link to be tucked up close to the clamp shaft to take up the minimum amount of space. The round bearing [...]
I have received many requests for a leg vise and X Link scissors parallel guide that will work with a Moravian bench. Some of you may be wondering what a Moravian bench is. The Moravians were a settlement of German speaking Protestants in what is now known as Winston-Salem North Carolina. There is a workbench on display at the J. Blum house in the Old Salem Museum and Gardens that was created and used by the Moravian’s. It is [...]
Here is a very nicely done video by James Wright showing how he installs a VX20 leg vise coupled with an X Link parallel guide. James is a hand tool woodworker and produces videos from "Wood by Wright." His videos are very entertaining and his video productions is top notch. His leg vise is customized with butterfly keys and some nice carvings. He opted for the metal hand wheel to top off the installation. Enjoy!
The end of the year is near and the Hovarter Custom Vise accounting department luckily found some extra money in the budget so we decided to spring for some new equipment. We purchased a Lincoln Square Wave 200 TIG welder! We have some new products that we are working on which will require some precision welding and this unit fit the bill. TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas and it utilizes a non-consumable tungsten electrode to form the arc [...]
I frequently use a utility knife in my day to day life and more often than not I must go on a search mission to find it when it is needed. Often I find it in or near our shipping department which is run by my wife. I decided to tackle this problem head on so I decided to head off to the local home center and buy another knife. My current utility knife is a basic solid handled [...]
When our shop was built about 20 years ago there was a small oak tree about 15 feet away. It was a nice tree and provided some decent shade. It was also a good place to put out the bird feeders (and squirrel feeder) for the wide variety of Woodpeckers, Finches, Cardinals and Bluebirds. It is always interesting how the trees grow so slowly that you don’t even perceive how large they have become. Our once small tree had [...]