Workbench #6: Dovetailing Endcaps

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 10-01-2011 02:40 AM 5159 reads 2 times 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

3 comments so far

View JL7's profile


8324 posts in 2233 days

#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.


View CartersWhittling's profile


453 posts in 1942 days

#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

View Don W's profile

Don W

17453 posts in 1835 days

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

That’s going to be a pretty nice vise.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics