Workbench Build #33: Going Backwards Again.. But for a Good Cause..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-22-2013 08:40 PM 2270 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Wagon Vise Cont'd...Again... Part 33 of Workbench Build series Part 34: Wagon Vise is Alive! »

Last night a fellow LJ asked a question that had me pondering all night at work. He asked why only one dog hole in such a big block. I really had not thought about that and it makes sense to have a shorter block with only one dog. You get a lot more travel and use out of the vise and what is the use of having a vise that is only partially mission capable?

So this morning I sat down and stared at the wagon block for a bit trying to work out what I was to do and that is when I noticed a few errors in construction besides the crooked dog hole in a large block.. the sides were sloped upwards and the top wasn’t flat. That is why my initial attempt at a straight dog hole using a jig resulted in a piss poor hole. Then I went to remove the sled and found one of the attaching fasteners had snapped in half during assembly (something I hadn’t noticed) it was forward of the dog hole so that kinda settled the short long block question. So now the entire block assembly was irritating me and I thought about what my Grandpa (who was a West Texas oil worker his entire life) told me once when I was 10 and trying to half ass my way through setting up a fishing pole… “No point in wasting the time if you aren’t willing to slow down and do the damn thing right”.. so I set up to do some over hauling of the block.

First thing first.. remove the laminate on top so I can add a new (square) one.

After that was off I glued up another rainbow. Planed the top of the block flat this time and plugged the dog hole.

While that was gluing I measured and cut down the sled assembly to it’s new length..

Drilled a new mounting hole and added a couple more rivets to the aft end just to strengthen it up a bit while I was at it. Then set up for a new dog hole. This time the hole came out MUCH straighter and it is something I can very much live with.

So now with all this stuff gluing up I figured I would go ahead and epoxy in the nut into the block so it can cure up overnight while I am at work.

So like I said in the title.. a few steps backwards but now I have the chance to get it right and have a finished product that doesn’t bug me everytime I look at it lol.

After the glue dries and the new laminate is added I can cut down the block and finally do some final assembly on this. I hope to have a moving wagon vise vid in the very near future. Stay Tuned…

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

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 08:46 PM

Bravo! (Your grandad was right…)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 08:48 PM

it was just an innocent curiosity, I swear! lol At least it looks like you’re happier with your results this time around. Looking forward to seeing a functional wagon vise. I know when I got mine working, I spent probably half an hour just planing random scraps… I couldn’t help myself! lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 08:58 PM

Thanks Smitty.

Mos.. no blame being passed. I’m glad you said something now rather than later lol.

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

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 09:43 PM

Way to go Eric, take the time and get it right. The shorter block will also give you more space for vertical clamping.

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

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 10:23 PM

Nice save man.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 12:21 AM

Nicely done AF.

I tend to do things hastily too often. I’m hoping to develop more patience and thoughtfulness in this fine joinery endeavor. Mostly, I hope I can recognize if I’m doing something I will regret, and just as importantly, correct it early rather than late.

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Don W

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 04:57 AM

I tend to do the same thing. Once in a while you just have to take a breath and start over.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 07:32 AM

Thanks for the support guys lol.

Yep, I have always believed that problems don’t exist only solutions that haven’t been found yet.

Hopefully I can get the rails on tomorrow and start some forward momentum again :D

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

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