So, we left off with this pile of steel waiting to be turned into a wagon vise…
I started with one of the thin pieces. I measured and scored a line the full length to mark the depth of the channel for the 2 rails.
Measured for the rail length..
Then with this piece on top I stacked all 3 pieces and clamped them together and cut the first rail to length with a cut off wheel in my angle grinder. Gotta love the smell of burnt metal in the morning :D
Next without un-clamping them I drilled the holes for the steel rivets that will hold them all together.. (I broke a bit in one of the holes so I had to drill a neighboring one.. ignore the hole with the x on it lol..)
Then I un-clamped the stack.. flipped the top piece with the score mark upside down and placed it into the middle of the stack and riveted them together. This creates the channel in the rail.
A quick test fit to see how she slides and it works like a charm :D
Then I drilled for the mounting screws and countersunk them..
After that I could use the mounting holes to mount it to the side of a scrap 4×4 and using the cutoff wheel trim off the excess from the middle layer on the back.
Hit that with the flap disc and we have 1 rail ready to go…
Rinse and repeat for the other side and both rails are done..
Next comes the sled. For this I am using the wider piece and a thinner piece that is the size of the wagon block.
Measured the length of the block and cut the guides to length..
The next step I forgot to get pics of mainly because it requires 3 hands to keep everything aligned before clamping. Basically I placed both guides on the bench, laid the steel plate on top and then the wagon block on top of that and squared everything up and adjusted the guides till they were just a smidge wider than the slot in the rails. Marked that up, clamped and then drilled for the rivets. This is where everything ended tonight because I forgot to go get some shorter rivets for this part of the build today.
Here is where we sit for tonight.
I hope to get this all assembled and functional tomorrow (fingers crossed on that).
As always more to come..
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"