I FINALLY found enough free time between work shifts to get the back 2 legs and side stretchers attached. Since I glued up the toolwell before installing the back legs I wasn’t going to be able to drawbore them into place so I decided to wedge them instead.
So a couple relief holes and a bit of saw work later they were ready to go but first I needed to do the long stretcher.
Again, drill and offset the tenon.. make some pegs and get all my ducks in order for this operation since it will be time critical once it is started lol..
Then I bashed some pegs and applied glue to the leg tenons and fit it all up..
Then I had to quickly flip the bench and remove the saw horses, add glue to the wedges and pound those into the two legs before the open time on the glue was up… that was fun..
Then I made sure everything would line up and boom! There’s a bench in my shop suddenly!
After that I glued in to side stretchers and let it sit overnight.
This morning I started on the permanent install of the leg vise. I needed a hole in the back leg to allow the screw to pass through so I threaded it in just till it touched the back leg and marked a line around to the other side.
Drilled a 1 1/4” hole through there and re-installed the chain to the vise. The I needed to flush up the top of the vise with the bench top.
Then I couldn’t resist a test run lol..
Still needs some leather on the shop but this thing holds like crazy! And the Chain Vise hardware does it’s job superbly! It just opens and closes with no fussing with pins or wedges and such.
If any of you are interested in this system for your bench give Jim aka Boatman53 a message and he will get you set up.
Here she is with the vise installed..
Then I decided to skip ahead a bit and flatten the top before the deadman. Seems it would be easier to use the bench to make that and to do so I need some dog holes.
I used a straight edge to check for low spots and found a nice hump down the center of the bench.
So with a little love from my #3, #5, #6 and finally the Craftsman #7 I was both tired and satisfied with calling it flat enough.
That was also fun… said no one ever lol..
So there are 2 more things off the list which grew by 1 over night because I realized I didn’t add the base assembly to the list for some reason. So it became # 2.5 lol.
Now to get my brace setup and ready for some dog holes :D
-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com