The Nuts of “Ingenious Mechanicks”

Okay dammit. Now I have to make some of these…

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While researching “Ingenious Mechanicks” Chris Schwarz and I found many workbenches with face vises and some of them actually had vise nuts.

In the montage above there are selections from paintings from Spain, Italy and what is now present-day Ecuador. As you can see, they range from the basic steering wheel to the curvy hurricane. The nut on the lower left is the shape Chris chose for his Holy Roman/Löffelholz workbench (and he provides the pattern in the book).

My particular favorite is a form that may have originated in Spain and made its way to Spain’s New World colonies: the double-bunny ear. The double-bunny ear provides an easy grip for tighting or loosening the vise.

The top right image is from a 17th-century Spainish painting. The next two vice nuts on the right are late 19th-to-early 20th century from Guatemala and Mexico. The vise nut on the left is of…

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Låg arbeidsbenk på Sogn Folkemuseum

I think I may have found a portable bench design that works for me and the small bench top I’ve been saving. (Pardon the poor translation; it is a mix of Google translator and my best effort).

The Heiberg Collections – Sogn Folk Museum has a very rich collection of objects related to various crafts.  They have a beautiful display of carpenter’s tools that have been displayed to resemble a workshop with workbench and tools. In addition, they have much of this collection in the collection.  In this book I came across a workbench that woke my interest.  The bench has registration number DHS.3884. The bench is at a height so  to sit on, 46 cm high (18 inches) and about 1.5 meters (60 inches) long.  In one end there is a vise and the other end there is a screw clamp with crank.

I will start drawing up plans when I get a chance.

Høvelbenk

De Heibergske Samlinger – Sogn Folkemuseum har ei veldig rik samling av gjenstandar knytt til ulike handverk. Dei har ei flott utstilling av snikkarverktøy som er lagt til rette som ein verkstad med arbeidsbenkar og verktøy. I tillegg har dei mykje av samlinga si i gjenstandsmagasin. I dette magasinet kom eg over ein arbeidsbenk som vekte mi interesse. Benken har registreringsnummer DHS.3884.  Benken er i høgd slik at han er til å sitje på, 46 cm høg og ca 1,5 meter lang. I eine enden er det ei baktang og i andre enden er det ei skruklemme med sveiv.

Arbeidsbenken slik han står på magasinet på museet. Foto: Roald Renmælmo Arbeidsbenken slik han står på magasinet på museet. Foto: Roald Renmælmo

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