Workbench Build #10: Finished cutting the top and started planning out the wagon vise..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-17-2013 11:25 PM 4169 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Finally Making Saw Dust! Part 10 of Workbench Build series Part 11: Wagon Vise Hardware..Mostly Done.. »

FINALLY! Finished rough dimensioning of the wood for the top. In the process have become good friends with my Skill Saw.. even though it is only the cheap 12A model it is a beast and a work horse lol. I have also decided to cheat and count it as a “had tool” since I hold it in my hand and push it with my hand lol.. so this is still mostly hand tool built so far!

Rough dimensions of the top are 2 5/8” X 23 1/2” x 75” and that will reduce down a bit after I smooth the faces for glue up. I could have made it a bit bigger if I hadn’t screwed up the first 4 cuts with the skill saw (yes.. there is a learning curve.. and no, you can’t cut a straight line free hand. Don’t even try lol). But over all I am VERY happy with that size. I have decided to make it a split top since I have more width than I had originally figured I would have. Which again begs the question.. tool tray in the middle or a sliding plane stop? Or both? I have to think on this.

Here are the pics of the dry run on the top and a pic of the HUGE mess I have made of the Garage that needs to get cleaned up before I do anything else. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

I have also settled on the design for the wagon vise. It will be loosely based off of the Maguire Wagon vise with a bit of the Benchcraft vise tossed in. Stay tuned for more on that.

Here is the Maguire vise for those who have never seen it (I’m probably the only one).

I value any and all feedback from you guys so keep it coming! Thanks for reading.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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3043 posts in 1951 days

#1 posted 02-18-2013 03:02 PM

Finished drilling the 1” hole for the threaded rod into the hand wheel last night. I am heading off to my bosses house again today to weld up the frame for the wagon vise. I’ll post an update once that is finished.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 03:42 PM

Your bench is shaping up nicely.I have a tool tray, but it just becomes a catch all and it has irritated for the past 30 years. That said, those who work a lot neater than myself probably find tool trays very useful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 03:48 PM

I have read that about the tool tray. If you look at the pic of my shop you can see that I am not one of those “neater” workers. I might consider not adding a tray lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 06:33 PM

Taking into account amount of sawdust I can see what a battle it was! :-)

Look forward to seeing your wagon vise. Putting a wagon vise into my benchtop was real breakthrough in my bench build, huge improvement.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 06:38 PM

Man I need a welder friend… I have seen the McGuire wagon vise, its a beauty! Cant wait to see how it turns out.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 02-18-2013 08:35 PM

Yuri, yes.. yes it was quite the battle lol.

Mauricio, I am a firm believer that everyone should know at least ONE person who can weld. It sure makes life easier (and cheaper ;) ). He has said he would teach me which is sometime I am really looking forward to. Welding is on my short list of things I haven’t done yet lol.

I am cutting all the pieces to size for the vise hardware now and should be heading over there to get them welded up today. I hope to have some pics and an update on that tonight….. Stay tuned.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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