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Workbench #13: Tail Vise Is Complete

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 1049 days ago 10851 reads 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. I have now finished the tail vise, and today I had acually started work on the base. After I had got the dovetails for the tailvise fit and the pins on the guide rod I cut out the place for the pins to be inserted in the vise assembly. I then started work on getting the notches cut in the guide blocks for the sliding parts.


Here you can see the guide rod in place, with the one guide block attached to the end cap with a notch for the guide rod to slide through aswell as a small notch where the 1/4” doghole cover is.


Here you can see the second guide block with the guide rod attached between them. There is also a notch cut in the tail vise so it can slide through the guide rod.


This is a view of the bench while it is the right way up. You can see the notch cut out in the top of the end cap which the vise cover will slide over.


Here the cover is on the vise but not glued down yet.

Then I took the vise apart and drilled the 2” hole out for the screw to pass through and mortised the hole for the garter.


Here the hole is drilled out with the mortise for the garter. In my hand is the garter which goes into the hole and will catch a groove in the screw. The garter pulls the vise back when you reverse the screw.


Here I have the detail cut out in the end of the vise. I do not know if this serves anything practically, maybe reduce weight, but it looks nice anyways.


Here I’ve got the 2” diameter 2tpi screw for the tailvise. This was only going to by a practice screw because I can only fit a 14” length on my lathe, and the threads could be an extra 2” longer and the hub an inch or two longer aswell. The groove in the screw is for the garter to engage.

Next I glued the tail vise together and planed the joints flush. I also attached a 3/4” x 3/4” piece to the bottom of the doghole cover. This acts as extra support and guidance while the vise moves.


Here the 3/4” x 3/4” piece is attached and the vise all glued together. After you put this piece on you need to go back and lengthing the notch in the end of the guide block for it to slide through.

Then I glued the cover onto the tailvise. Before its glued on clamp it in place and make sure as you move the vise in and out the cover is not binding and everything slides nicely.

Then I took the vise off and began work on chiseling out the holes through the cover for the dogholes. I flipped the vise upside down and put a drill bit through each doghole and drilled through the cover. I then flipped it upright and used the hole as a guide to start chiseling. I also used a square and marked 2 lines along the cover to mark the edges of the holes. Then I just chiseled until the sides of the holes were flush and beveled the top edges.

Then I put the whole vise assembly together and clamped the vise shut and planed the cover flush with the top and put the bench on edge and planed the side of the vise flush with the bench side.


I also roughly flattened the whole bench top at this point.

Then I began work on the bench dogs which are in the previous blog post.

Here is a video where I explain how the vise works and show you how it moves.

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



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tsangell

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#1 posted 1049 days ago

I’m not sure how I haven’t seen any of this blog before, but this is some really fantastic work.

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AgentTwitch

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#2 posted 1049 days ago

great looking bench top! I have enjoyed following your build tremendously! I would love to see you teach a class on lumberjocks for laying out and building that clever tap and die setup that you have demoed in videos 9 and 10 (I think).
The only thing that this video was missing was the reversing action you talked about, I was looking forward to seeing it in action. Great job

-- Regards, Norm

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CartersWhittling

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#3 posted 1049 days ago

Thank you. When I was talking about reversing action I meant when you unscrew the screw, it will slide out of the vise unless something (the garter) pulls the vise back with it. And thanks for the idea of teaching a class. I am going to do a blog or something on making the tap and screw jig but perhaps a class would be better.

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

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AgentTwitch

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#4 posted 1049 days ago

Ah, okay, my mistake. I was envisioning quick release action by lifting up the garter and pulling back on the handle. Still wicked awesome bench my friend

-- Regards, Norm

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CartersWhittling

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#5 posted 1049 days ago

Oh haha. That would be pretty cool though, I am not quite sure how it would work. Next time maybe…

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

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#6 posted 1049 days ago

You are an amazing craftsman! This workbench looks like it was made by a master with many years of experience. I am enjoying all these videos and learning a great deal in the process. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey with us.

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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RGtools

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#7 posted 1049 days ago

Ok I will admit I had my doubts about the design at first but you have sold me, this is an absolutely amazing design carried off in a great way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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CartersWhittling

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#8 posted 1049 days ago

Thanks a lot for the complements. I’ve had my doubts as well and have had to work out design issues along the way, but as the project has come along so far I am very pleased. Now that the top is done it seems a lot more simple than I thought at first, haha. I had just finished figuring out exactly how the base will be joined and how it will be attached to the top and I think it will turn out well. Its been a challenge trying to combine both the Roubo and German bench but in the end I think it will be very versitile. But I would never be building this bench if it were not for my good friend who has given me many of the machines I now have, so I believe a lot of the credit goes to him.

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

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#9 posted 1049 days ago

that is really sweet. good work.

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rance

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#10 posted 1048 days ago

Very nice work and thanks for sharing but NO, NO. Do ‘The Taming of the Screw’ BEFORE the Bench class. Pretty please? :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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CartersWhittling

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#11 posted 1048 days ago

haha Rance. I have had quite a few requests to do a more in depth explanation on making the tap and screw jig, so I think I will do it sooner than later.

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

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Rubenfromcolombia

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#12 posted 1048 days ago

Hey!
this is an excelent job.
I am just starting here in canada and all of these projects are incredible.
I hope i can do something as beautifull as this bench.
saludos.
Ruben

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#13 posted 1047 days ago

What a great looking Vise! You do very good work! I also really enjoyed the bolt and screw made out of wood – i agree you need to make a class out of it! Would love to learn how to do that! Thanks for sharing!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#14 posted 1042 days ago

Where did you learn woodworking? Your woodworking skills are comparable to a master craftsman. This is one awesome looking workbench. This bench should last you a life time.

-- Julian

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CartersWhittling

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#15 posted 1042 days ago

I taught myself most of what I know from books and the internet. But my skills are nowhere near a master craftsman. Any natural artistic talent I have came from my Creator, though I appreciate the compliment.

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

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