I am at the Valley Forge Convention Center, preparing to attend the Woodworking in America Hand Tools and Techniques conference October 2-4. After a short shopping trip with Sandy earlier today, I sneaked into the Marketplace this afternoon, where vendors were setting up to kick off the free Marketplace Friday morning.
The following are the first photos available of the modified Gramercy Tools saw vise. I was lucky to be in the Marketplace area as Joel Moskowitz and Tim were setting up the displays. I asked Joel if he would allow me to photograph his brand-new saw vise, and he agreed, with one condition: That I show them on the blog.
So, without any further ado, here it is – the modified Gramercy Tools saw sharpening vise:
First, an overall photo, showing the huge jaw capacity:
The locking mechanism has been revised; it allows more secure and positive locking. I tried it; it worked wonderfully well:
The base can be attached directly to the bench with screws. I noticed that the face plate on which the screws go is much wider than the full 4-inch apron of face vise board on my bench; Joel mentioned that, in this case, it might be better to screw the base of the saw vise to a large board, and then secure the entire assembly into the face vise on the bench:
The clamping faces show a very slight camber; this is how this clamp is able to exert extremely high forces on the face of the saw blade:
The new signs displayed at Joel’s booth, showing off the brand-new Gramercy Tools logo, drawn by hand by Tim:
Also drawn by hand, by Tim, is the new sign for Tools for Working Wood:
Set-up day for the Marketplace vendors has been quite busy. To stay out of their way, I elected to accompany Sandy on a shopping trip to the nearby Lancaster area. She needed new and beautiful fabric materials to make lap quilts for each of our six granddaughters. On the way back to the hotel, in one of the less-traveled roads, we followed this Amish buggy for a short distance: