I thought I would be done by now but between work and waiting on my end vise I haven’t got there yet. I have everything as far as I can go, with out the vise. So here is where it’s at.
This is the jig I used to cut the tenon on the end of the top.
In this shot you can see how I was trying to get as much length out of the top as possible.
Here I have the dado in the skirt before I cut the dove tails.
I spent a lot of time thinking about the dove tail layout and what would look the best. I was limited in what I could do because the top tail had to hide the dado in the skirt. So, in the end I played it safe.
All I need now is the end vise and I’ll be ready to go.
I have run into a problem with the vise and the skirt. I originally ordered the twin screw vise from Lie-Nielsen. With that vise the chain that drives the screws is housed inside the jaw. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before but this won’t work if you want to have dogs between the screws because they will hit the chain. I called and talked to the guys at Lie-Neilsen and reluctantly canceled my order.
At first I didn’t think it would be a big deal because I could just use the Lee Valley vise. But after looking at their web site I see that in order for it to work the skirt has to be 7” because my top is 2-5/8” thick and mine is 5-1/2”.
I thought I would laminate a couple strips to the bottom of the skirt to make up the 7” but I really don’t like the look. It messes up the look of the dove tails. Here is a picture.
I was hoping one of you guys have installed one of the Lee Valley vises and can let me know how it went.
-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia