Outfitting the workshop #9: A vise, a vise, my kingdom for a vise ...

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-18-2014 01:05 AM 1461 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: It works!!! It saws wood!! Part 9 of Outfitting the workshop series Part 10: I actually finished it! »

I’ve been wanting to build a bench for a long time now. My brother bought me a LV large vise quite awhile ago which had been the major money stumbling block at the time. Well life happens and I never built the bench. I have been using an old oak table that I had scrounged from somewhere, here it is:

So today being “Louis Reil Day” excuse for the government to give us a day off in February… I figured I’d catch up on some projects that have been sitting far too long. First is a couple of folding step stools which require a number of mortice and tenon joints. So they are all laid out ready to cut, except i have no real good way to hold em and make tidy joints. “Okay thats it” I say to myself “today i am going to start that bench”. I’d been doing a bunch of reading and youtube watching and decided i am going to take a stab at the bench Paul Selkers builds in his video on benches. So i’m measuring out my old oak table for the dimensions of my bench, do a quick materials list and then it hits me… I like this table, its a good solid surface rigid and has a bit of personal historical significance. The only downside is that there is no place to mount a vise as the apron that holds the one drawer is in the way.

Now this table is about the right size for my shop, it was a bit low but I’ve modified the legs to bring it upto a good working height.

I turned it over and figured I could just build up the top and cut a gap in the apron. Turns out the two inch thickness is not just a lip around the edge of the table but more of a 10” ledge. More than enough room and thickness to solidly mount the vise.

I’ll post more in a bit but my “5 Guys” hamburger is ready and I’m real hungry.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 11:54 PM

cant wait to see the vice!

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 06:56 PM

Looks like it will be a good bench Mark.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 01:58 AM

Thanks guys. Life has been pretty horrible here this past while and the cold weather sure hasn’t helped. Worked on it a bit this past weekend.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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