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Knockdown Nicholson outside the USA

David Read
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:40:36 GMT

Hello folks, I was flitting about the Internet looking for ideas on how to build my very first workbench. A Google search led me to a Reddit forum which led me to the Naked Woodworker video available here at Lost Art Press and I thought that was great. Then I saw Christopher Schwarz's blog posts on his Knockdown Nicholson. And I thought, "Wow, that's the one for me!". Details in the blog were good but a bit vague for my level of expertise. I was happy when I discovered that Mr Schwarz had written "Knockdown English Workbench" for the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. I purchased a digital copy. I bought it through Zinio, but I now see back issues can also be purchased through the Popular Woodworking Magazine web site. It filled in all the gaps for me. Now that I understand what I need to do to build my workbench, the only issue for me is the parts sourced from McMaster-Carr. I live in Canada and McMaster-Carr don't currently deal with the average Joe from here. The McMaster-Carr parts are the "ductile mounting plate" and the "high strength stee l cap screws". I might have been able to purchase these parts through Fastenal, but their prices were just too high for me. So I searched locally. I discovered a "ductile mounting plate" is also know as a "ceiling flange", "top plate", "nut plate" or "ceiling plate". I did actually find a few of these at local hardware stores, but stock was consistently lower than the 15 required for the project. I hit the jackpot at a local plumbing supply store. They sold me a little bagful for a very reasonable price. I am still hunting around for the "high strength steel cap screws". The ones sourced from McMaster-Carr are full thread, but I am wondering if a full thread is necessary. If not, my local hardware stocks Grade 8 3/8 3" long bolts. Anyway, that's where I'm at on my knockdown Nicholson project. Thought I'd share in the hopes that my discoveries might help others. Lee

Jason Stromberg
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:45:11 GMT

You don't need full thread on the bolts. Partial thread should have plenty of room on them.

David Read
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 01:49:45 GMT

Thanks very much Jason!

Jason Stromberg
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:45:16 GMT

No problem. I'm working on that very bench myself and I have partially threaded bolts as well.

Bill Snyder
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:36:52 GMT

Thanks for the update David, I am starting this bench in the next week or so , And your information on the "I discovered a “ductile mounting plate” is also know as a “ceiling flange”, “top plate”, “nut plate” or “ceiling plate”. has been invaluable in helping me source the parts locally . Thanks and good luck on the build.

David Read
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:46:45 GMT

Glad it was of some use Bill! I'm now thinking that "ductile" described what Christopher's mounts were made of, namely ductile metal. I am pretty sure the ones I found, although the same size, aren't so hefty, but they'll have to do.

Bradley van Luyt
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:38:11 GMT

At the risk of quibbling over minor details the 60 1/2 is not a rabbet plane. It has no nickers. Here it is: https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/adjustable-mouth-block-planes- Don't want to get in a fight but I had to clear up that one. Cheerio, Virg.