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Workbench Build #35: Endcap Part Deux....

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-26-2013 09:10 PM 1011 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 34: Wagon Vise is Alive! Part 35 of Workbench Build series Part 36: Back at it.. Fitting the Tool Well... »

Now that the wagon vise is sorted out and functioning quite well I might add (am having too much fun with it right now tbh).. Last night after work (1am.. pretty sure my neighbors hate me right now) I decided to go ahead and make the 1” dog for the vise.

Fairly straight forward. Sanded the 1” dowel slightly to give it a smooth fit (using the vise to do it no less :D )

Then cut to length, cut an angled notch at the top and then used my 1/4” chisel to cut a grove down the back. I then cut a scrap of pig skin and glued it into the groove fuzzy side up to give it some grip in the hole. I also added some to the face of the dog.

Turned out OK. I’ll probably re-do it soon because I’d like it to be a bit longer but it works pretty good for now.

This morning I turned my attention to the other endcap. Measured and laid out all my cuts.

Then hogged out the waste from the area just aft of the dovetail.

After that I cheated a bit and set my circular saw to the depth of the tenons shoulder and cut 2 lines. One is the length of the tenon and the other is the shoulder cut. I used the first cut as a saw guide to finish it off with the hand saw. If I had a stair saw I probably would have used it for the shoulder cut but alas I haven’t gotten around to that build yet.

Flush cut the bottom of the tenon on the back wall and then it was just a matter of chopping off the waste between the cuts. This is pretty fun if you haven’t ever done it.

(BTW I am really impressed with the NAREX chisels now that I have started using them. Good bang for the buck)

Then a test fit… That’ll do pig…

Next up are 3 more sets of dovetails and some channels around the bottom of the tool well and this can be assembled together finally.

It’s almost looking like a proper bench now… almost..

Stay tuned…

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



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 09:48 PM

Eric, gutsy moves! Tenon fit looked pretty tight. Bottom of the tool well should push that slight bend out and I think plywood would be your best material choice. More stable, less chance of expanding too much.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 10:07 PM

If it expands too much, Eric will just growl at it and it’ll retract.

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Airframer

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 10:56 PM

I have a beautiful piece of Spruce for the well bottom. It’s clear and has some very nice birds eyes all the way through it. Found it at HD in the “common” section. I also plan to make the dados slightly deeper then the bottom is wide to accommodate any expansion of the top (hopefully).

Also.. the temp in the shop stays pretty stable throughout the year so if anything it will contract more than it will expand. This is the warmest it gets around here and it’s just a hair above 71 outside today :D

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

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 10:56 PM

waho,Oh, I hadn’t thought about that! Bad Till

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 08:43 PM

Great progress Eric! I like the leather on the dog idea.

Are you planning on putting 1” dog holes on the rest of the bench? Just curious because most dog accessories and hold fasts fit 3/4” holes.

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

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Airframer

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 09:00 PM

Nope the rest will be 3/4”. The only reason that one is 1” is because I needed to scoot it over to center so that was the best course of action as far as I could tell.. aside form starting over a 3rd time…

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

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