Hand Tools

The Ad Vice

The Ad Vice has evolved from the European carver’s vice, but, as Douglas Coates mentions on the website, one of the most important features is the clamping mechanism. With most benches these days lacking the front apron of the Nicholson style, this design ‘locks the vice to the bench top but also pulls it in to the face edge of the top’, to quote the web page. The vice has been developed in conjunction with Klaus from Two Lawyers Tools.
I think it’s great to see this sort of evolution and innovation in tools. Please take a look at the website, Douglas has some great work and some very interesting links.

Oliver Restoration

Oliver 217-D rebuild

Oliver 217-D Bandsaw
A decent bandsaw is always a nice addition to the workshop. I found this excellent rebuild review on the Kellogg Furniture website. The Oliver 217-D was built in 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and commissioned by Douglas Aircraft Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Clark clearly found and dealt with lots of problems throughout, but ended up with a fine machine. Look at those proportions! What a stunning design.