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Workbench #6: Dovetailing Endcaps

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 1054 days ago 3627 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Holdfast Holes and Spacer Block Part 6 of Workbench series Part 7: Top Almost Done »

Hello. Today I’ve been working on endcaps for the shoulder vise. I started by routing the grooves in the spacer block and in the doghole strip for the spacer block.

I then squared up the end of each end cap for the shoulder vise and laid out and cut the tail on the long end cap with the bandsaw. I then transfered the tail and cut the pins with a jig on the bandsaw.

And after a little fitting…

I then put the rod through the top and clamped the spacer block on to layout the location for the splines.


I used red marker to better identify the end of each cut.

Next I put the top on end to route out the splines. They are 3/4” wide by 1” deep. I use a 1/2” straight bit and make the groove slightly undersize, and plane the plywood spline to proper thickness to get a good fit. I also routed the grooves in the end cap at the same time so the router fence had the same settings.

Tomorrow I should be able to get the shoulder vise done, minus tapping the endcap for the vise nut.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/



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JL7

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#1 posted 1054 days ago

That is a mighty fine looking bench – nice job on the dovetails – looking good. You are getting a pretty good workout moving that slab around the garage!

Looking forward to seeing the completed bench.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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CartersWhittling

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#2 posted 1054 days ago

It is a pretty heavy top so far. Once I get the endcaps on and both sides of the bench top together it will be a beast. Its only about a 6’ long bench, but the top alone will weigh about 150+ pounds I am guessing.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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Don W

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#3 posted 1053 days ago

That’s going to be a pretty nice vise.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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