Workbench Build #10: Lots of holes drilled.....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 06-20-2011 04:21 AM 4531 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Bittersweet Dovetails Part 10 of Workbench Build series Part 11: Look Ma - No Clamps! »

So it was hole drilling day today (and yesterday too I guess….)

Did I mention that I decided to go with the Veritas Twin Screw for the end vice? Up to that point, I had less than $100 invested in the bench materials, but had a bit of tax money back so I went for it….:)

The end cap (on top) is cross drilled for bench screws at the middles and rear and the vice face is below:

Dry fitting the twin screw:

Forget to photograph, but I also planed the vice face with an 1/8” bevel from top to bottom.

Next up – drilling for the front vice – this is the apron and face – I will likely shorten up the face….made it oversize not really knowing how it would end up.

Decided to drill a bunch of dog holes in the front apron – why not….? Except it’s alot of holes…..Kind of handy to have 2 drill drill presses close together so can have an “easy” adjustable outfeed table.

After wondering for days (probably weeks) how I am going to glue up the front apron and end caps – considering the dovetails and tongue & groove ends…...I just went for it. In my haste – I did manage to smash my finger pretty good – just black and blue – not broken….....driving the the tails into the pins, the clamp was a little to close to my finger as I was swinging the mallet…...........big ouch!

So the top is shaping up…...

Thanks for looking…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 05:04 AM

Yes, good shape. Sorry for your finger. (Fortunately you have 9 reminding)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 02:06 PM

That sir, is looking very nice.
Good for you for springing for good vices. You are worth it. I wish I had done the same.

The end is near,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 02:08 PM

That’s a gorgeous drill press! And the bench is coming along fantastically, of course. Who makes that press?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 03:16 PM

Hey Fernando – the finger is doing ok – thanks…..still BLUE tho!

Steve – thanks for the comments – the twin screw should be a pretty good investment – it is well made and I think I will like it! :)

Al – the drill press is a vintage Craftsman – a $25.00 Craigslist find. The guy just didn’t know what he had and didn’t know how to use – like the quill spring wasn’t tensioned and he thought the machine was junk…....

Cleaned her up and it runs just like new.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Don W

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#5 posted 06-21-2011 02:49 AM

nice bench. I went for the same vise. You won’t regret it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 02:50 AM

Practical and beautiful… great combo!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 03:00 AM

Oh man what a vise. Dog holes looking nice to. Not far now….

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 05:05 AM

Don, Wiggy and Dave – Thanks for the comments – now, everytime I walk up to the bench, I just gotta try the twin screw…...I’m sure it will pass in time…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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