Ali's Workbench w/ Shop Made Wagon Vise #1: 3 1/2" Thick Workbench top w/ Shop Made Wagon Vise - Almost Done!

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Blog entry by Alihorneff37 posted 10-19-2010 05:59 PM 7114 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a better pic of my workbench top and shop made end vise. The legs are almost done. I did some experimentation with a drawbore (name?) tenon that you can see on the back end. The empty space is where the half long tool tray will be. Honestly, I am undecided about the tool tray. Would it even be possible to just fill it in? Suggestions would be great! :)

This is my first attempt at dovetails. And they are extremely hard! I am sure you can see the little spaces/discolorations but I really didnt want to waste the piece of wood so I just used it and used some wood filler.

Here are the NEW legs! I had originally built trestle style legs but they did not line up well once the top was completed. They are all mortise and tenon joinery. (Have not glued or bolted them in place yet)
Workbench Legs almost done

This is the front stretcher where the sliding leg vise will slide on.
Front stretcher where sliding leg vise will ride on

More detail of the front stretcher track and mortise.
front stretcher tenon detail and track detail

As you can see, this is a picture showing the underside of the workbench. I opted to go with half the length of my original tool tray in an effort to gain more work space. The only problem is, since I have gone ahead and began the reconstruction of the base (the old sled base sits lonely in the corner) and cut the tenons on the Roubo style legs. That being said, I am in a bit of a problem with putting the back legs flush with the top because of the gap for the tool tray. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

This is a pic showing my shop made vise cavity and the leather I put on the moving dog block. I haven’t fully drilled all of the round dog holes but will be working on that today (just got the round bench dogs from Lee Valley).

This full length end vise had quite a bit of wracking when I would try to clamp so I came up with this attached screw method for anti racking (see black screw at left side of vise jaw). I toyed around with it a bit and it seems to do the job. I just hate having to keep turning the screw to get to the right thickness but I suppose this is better than rummaging around through my unorganized shop in hopes to find a board of like thickness to the one I am clamping. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I made the vise jaw out of exotic Lati (also known as Yaya or White Wenge) purchased from ebay.

-- WoodStruckAli

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 06:15 PM

That’s one amazing work bench and the longest title I’ve ever seen on LJs LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 02:57 AM

I’m almost dizzy from looking sideways!

I’m guessing I’m looking at the underside and the legs aren’t finished yet? Looks really solid!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 05:15 AM

Is that bench going to have a face vise?. . . on the face that is?

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 05:45 AM

Just a thought, although I haven’t tried it. What about the lock mechanism on a clamp. that Metal tab we use to lock the depth of the clamp screw? (see
If you inserted it between the two faces you can slide it to shorten or lengthen. Let me know.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#5 posted 11-19-2010 12:21 AM

I know the lock mechanism your talking about but am unsure where your suggesting to use it? One thing thats a pain is that its not a quick release vise screw…are you talking about the quick release on the clamp?

-- WoodStruckAli

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#6 posted 11-19-2010 12:22 AM

I was going to make a leg vise and still have the screw but havent gotten around to making it yet. (or the legs of the bench for that matter!) What face vise would you recommend? My end vise has wracking and its a pain to put equalizers each time I want to clamp something. What is the best face/leg vise that would wrack the least?

-- WoodStruckAli

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