Work Bench Build #5: Wagon Vise completed, endcaps bolted on, and top flattened.

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 04-08-2013 11:39 PM 5487 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Leg stretchers, Tool well frame, Top glued, and Wagon vise made Part 5 of Work Bench Build series Part 6: Tool Well and Leg Vise »

Relatively quick turn around. This weekend was a busy one.

First thing I worked on after getting the screw and hub assembled for the wagon vise, was getting the endcaps drilled and bolted on the bench

1/2” bolts, counterbored into the endcaps

with a nut and washer on the underside.

Single 4” bolt on the wagon vise end due to width restrictions, and and double bolt on the leg vise end. Double bolt because I couldn’t get the 4 1/2” bolt back too far due to the leg tenon being there, so I ended up using a 3” bolt on the back. I decided on this because I didn’t like the pivot point being so far forward when I’m going to be having a tool well hanging off of it.


With that done, I decided I’d flatten the top a little bit. Jack, Jointer, and Smoother (using my #5 1/2)


With that done, I turned my attention back to the wagon vise. I had drilled the hole for the handle, and was going to wait until I could use my powered miter saw to cut the hub to length. Somewhere along the line I decided “What the heck, let’s go for it”. So I decided to give it a shot by hand first. I think it actually went better than I was expecting. I’m glad I did :-)


Then I made the garter plate for it. I made it out of 1/2” oak. I used a 2 1/8” forstner bit about 1/4” deep to come up around the hub a bit, and a 1 1/4” to go the rest of the way through. Then I cut it in half with my handsaw. Drilled, and countersunk, and chamfered the edges.


I drilled 2 of the dog holes last night, which means the wagon is now functional :-)

Tonight I drilled the rest of the dog holes. They’re all 4” apart, and there’s 5” of travel with the wagon vise.


I also took a video of the wagon vise in operation. I was actually relatively surprised at how well it worked. Most of the noise is the handle rattling in the hub.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 11:47 PM

I like it. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 12:23 AM

Sweet. The wagon vise works great man! Well done. Do you plan to glue the DT or leave it dry?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 12:26 AM

Thanks Don.

Thanks Mauricio. I plan to leave it dry. I also don’t plan to fill the gap from the groove for the wagon block either. I can take the garter plate off, remove the screw, and take the endcaps/tool well off, for really easy transportation if I want. I can also replace the wagon block should I need to that way as well.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 12:56 AM

You should have flipped you threading block over so you got reverse threads. :)

Really nice work bench. Should have done that when i was in the apartment.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 01:18 AM

that wouldn’t really have worked… the cutter is on one side of the threader, so going backwards would require threads so it could go on the metal threads before it got to the cutter, thus defeating the purpose of the cutter lol. I could have threaded all the way through, and then put the hub on the other end, but I figured I’d be ok with it as is.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 01:21 AM

Looking good Mos. The scale/size looks good. You have to be getting pretty excited about the upgrade by now.

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 12:08 PM

Looks great, Mos. Where are you going to brand “Work-mate” on this one, front or top?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 01:16 PM

Shane, I am indeed getting quite excited about it.

Thanks JayT, but I’m highly doubtful on that one :p

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 04-09-2013 07:07 PM

Coming right along; this is fun to watch and super cool you have a functioning wagon vise now. The garter looks great.

What is this, a gate latch?

You are going to have a wonderful bench Mos. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 04-09-2013 07:19 PM

Thanks again Tony.

It’s a barrel bolt.

The tenons are a decent fit, but the barrel bolt holds it so it doesn’t slide out. I did it that way so I could still remove it so I can take it apart to move. I also won’t be gluing or pegging the top down at all, for the same reason.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 04-09-2013 07:21 PM

Got it. Thank ya sir.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 04-10-2013 08:58 PM

Nice job Mos, nearly there now.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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