Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! #11: Tale of the Tail Vice...

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 11-21-2009 10:42 PM 2340 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Sheesh... Trying to share is not happening Part 11 of Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! series Part 12: Vice is installed and now were going to drill the Vice/Table Holes for the Dogs »

The Tail vice is a Veritas Twin Screw Vice…

You have to make the Faces for the vice as it is hung on the end of the bench by the rear Jaw/Face.

I started with some 3/4” Red Oak and cross cut it to the bench width 24” and make 2 sets of Jaws that are 3×3/4.

Here is what you get from the Kit… (all hardware is included and various bits to correctly size your chain.).

Once the Jaws are dry you cut them/ clean them up… Veritas has a algorythm to help you get the height right.
You add your table top thickness (4” for me) Plus 1 1/2 for the screw, plus 2” for the bottom clearance. I Made mine 8” x 24…

You measure 4+ 1 1/2 and strike a line across the Face and then you measure 1 1/2” from the inside of each leg inside face and that distance is where you center the Drill for the Screw holes. (their directions explain all this).
When your drilling these Screw holes Clamp the faces together and then drill them. This will help account for any skew in your effort.

Ok now you again follow the instructions and drill two holes that will accept the Pins inside the Face of the Vice. These Pins keep your work from sitting on the Screws (which are all greasy). You fit the Pins Snug in the face of the rear Jaw and you measure and drill Mating ones (oversize) in the Front Jaw (on the Inside). In the ends you want the Pins to dissapear into the Vice jaws when they are closed.

I then drilled 4 holes and countersunk them to accept some 3/8” X 5” Lag bolts.

You mount the Back Jaw just proud of the bench top so that you can later come back and clean it up flush.

Here is what the effort looked like.

You then insert the Rear Screw Backing plates and drill and fit them (I did this before the Jaw was fastened to the Bench)

(They recommend you Chamfer the Front Jaw so that it is slightly thicker on the top of the inside of the face.
I took a 1/4” piece of plywood and ran it threw my Jointer with the plywood tacked to the outside of the bottom of the face)

That done you can, Fasten the Face Plates/Handle assembly’s to the Front Jaw and crank it tight. Get it where you want it and then using the provided screws mount the face plates to the jaw.

The Chain is test fitted and placed on the handle screws. The Vice width is only hindered by the chain you can make it as wide as you wish. (they offer longer cover plates if you want to go really wide).

I had to cut my chain down, The manual said to use a file and such and such.. I held the ends to get it close and took the excess off by running the link in question gently on my bench grinder to carefully grind off the peened pins in the link. Then I used a junk chisel to wedge off the outside face of the link.. The kit comes with a half link and the necessary clips and such to connect the chain to itself.

So under the covers it looks like this.

The last thing to do is to screw on the end caps and cut the cover to fit. (We had a measure twice cut once issue as my son and I seem to argue more then work together). Needless to say I had to order the bench dogs I wanted anyway so I had them toss in a NEW cover… sigh).. Ill add the completed picture as soon as the new cover arrives.

Forgot to tell you how the top holes were made… We’ll do that next.

On to the SIDE Leg Vice… coming soon.

(on a side note the pictures are deformed because I lost my old PC to a lightning bolt and the SW I had to resize them had to be replaced.. I think I have to work on it more next time as the pictures are stretched funny. Anyway you get the jest of what I am up to…)


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