Workbench #6: Dovetailing Endcaps

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 10-01-2011 02:40 AM 6141 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 03:56 AM

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 .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 10-01-2011 04:25 AM

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

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#3 posted 10-01-2011 02:36 PM

That’s going to be a pretty nice vise.

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

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