09 May. 1995|
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When I built my French workbench five years ago I had two choices for the vise screws: steel screws from China or steel screws from Eastern Europe. The choices today are far better, with steel and wood screws available from several continents. The Lake Erie screws are available in a wide variety of different configurations, from the most basic kit (just a single screw and nut) for $115 up to a deluxe twin-screw kit with brass garters for $355. Chris is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and the publisher at Lost Art Press. Maybe these bench screw guys should also sell the bits to drill the holes along with their premium packages.
These wood screws are much faster than my metal screws (it’s not even close) and grip every bit as fiercely.
I saw several kits of them at the Woodworking in America conference and I can attest that the company didn’t send us a ringer. Take a holesaw the size you want to enlarge to and drill through a block of wood on a drill press to get a straight clean hole. Run by Nick Dombrowski, this company makes maple vise screws that have details that I quite like. Though other species work great (I have ash and oak screws on my benches), some people want their screws to match their bench.
The Lake Erie screw can be used with either an external brass garter or an internal maple garter (you can even buy the garter itself for $8, but come on people, I hope you can make your own garter).