I have been fiddling around with designing a bench. I created a Sketchup model and I am becoming pretty happy with it. I likely will not start actual work until after the new year so I’ll have a while to perfect the design. I am putting it out for review now and would like feedback from those who have built benches. I have already purchased an end vise from LN.
The End vise in the model was created using the screw component from this Shoulder Vise I got from the 3DWarehouse. I took the screw and created the end vise around it (had to add some threads). I think the Shoulder vise is the same one LN and Woodcraft sell (or a very close approximation). I think it is the one I will use for my bench.
I have not added the Dog Holes yet because I am not sure of their placement. When I solidify the end vise parts I will add them.
So my questions are.
- I have seen other benches using similar shoulder vises. There doesn’t seem to be very much room between the screw and rods and the top of the bench. Is it advisable to lower the vise so the screw and rods don’t go through the face of the bench to increase the clamping area?
- I am struggling with the end vise. The hardware is exactly to scale in the model. I am trying to figure out how to get dog holes in it and support them on the back where the dog hole strip meets the vise hardware.
Here are a couple of jpegs of the model. Click them for a full size image.
You can download the model Here. Feel free to use it any way you like. I’ll be putting revisions up as they become available. I welcome feedback particularly about the construction of end vise as it is the part I have the most questions about.
Thanks for looking.
-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net