I found some time and got the vises installed. First the endcap and the front maple edge were dovetailed, the endcap routed to receive the tongue formed on the end of the Douglas fir, and then both glued into place. This was the first time I really cut dovetails by hand, and it was kind of fun. It is surprising how strong the resulting joint is. The endcap was only glued at the corner, and their will be a lag bolt near the back to allow wood movement.
There is a story behind the walnut endcap. It is from the Buck Hill ski resort in Minnesota, south of Minneapolis. I grew up across the street in Northfield from the woman who owned Buck Hill before it became a resort. In 1954 before she released it, she cut down some of the walnut trees, had them sliced up and stored them in her garage attic. When she passed away in the 70’s my Dad and I helped clean up her place and found a couple hundred board feet of it. My children’s crib and toy boxes are also made from it.
I made a handle for the front vise from an oak dowel and some cherry rings cut with a forstner bit and a hole saw on the drill press. Not sure I like it, but it works for now. Any suggestions?
So now I need to drill the dog holes. Any help on this? Should I run a double row for each vise, or what? Should I change the endvise’s chop to be wider and cover the entire width of the bench? If I run a double row for the endvise, it would put holes right down the middle of the bench.
Thanks for looking,
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