Details of the Portable Moravian Workbench for Sale
Our Moravian Workbenches will come with a laminated white oak top, which offers greater stability than the historical slab tops that tend to move over time (we may offer slab tops in the future). The workbench tops weigh approximately 90-120 lbs, which many woodworkers are able to easily carry by themselves. A custom-fit, high-end wagon tail vise will be included with the workbench (packed separately for shipping, but ready to mount). This vise was designed by Will Myers to fit a Moravian Workbench perfectly.
Click here if you are interested in purchasing just this wagon vise for $295 (plus shipping). We have also installed it with great success on our two Roubo workbenches and a standard French bench. It should work on most workbenches.
A white oak leg vise (pictured above) will hold your work-piece with a very strong historical maple vise screw. A figured maple vise chop can be substituted for a small additional fee. A metal parallel guide pin allows for easy adjustment when switching to different thicknesses of boards. Note, the above vise is pictured with a bronze garter, but a side wooden garter will be used instead.
The Moravian Workbenches are built using solid pegged mortise & tenon construction, rather than with bolts, which can come loose over time.
Bench dog holes will be bored into the workbench top, and we’ll include a few wooden bench dogs with embedded spring catches.
The long stretchers of our Moravian workbenches are held together with wedged key tenons, which can be easily removed when you want to collapse the Moravian workbench to transport it. We’ve even had someone tell us that he easily transports his Moravian Worbench in an elevator to his high-rise apartment in Manhattan!
The lift-out tool tray is removable for easy cleaning and for collapsing the workbench. The tool tray is joined together with strong and attractive dovetail joints.
While we use power tools to build much of the workbench, traditional woodworking hand tools are used on a good deal of the workbench joints.
This is the original antique Moravian Workbench, in the Old Salem museum collection: