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Misc. Shop Stuff #2: Traditional Cabinetmaker's Tail Vise

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-18-2012 06:58 PM 2014 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This bench is at my dad’s shop in a nearby town, decided it would get more use there than next to mine. He’s not the kinda guy to use it, though, oh well. In the meantime, if you’re looking at adding a tail to your bench build, thought it’d be worthwhile to post a few pictures showing the detail of the build way back when (bench is about a hundred years old, would have to guess).

It actually isn’t as weird when you see the nits and grits.

Can’t show you inside the actual tail; I glued that up as part of the repairs I had to make when I got the bench a couple years ago. That’s also why a board underneath looks new: The orig was split, so I fashioned a replacement then waxed everything up before putting it all together.

Hope someone finds this useful in some way. And I’m willing to get additional pics if it’ll help, just let me know.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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#1 posted 05-18-2012 07:05 PM

What a treasure.

jamie

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 07:31 PM

Beautiful.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 08:43 PM

Smitty_Cabinetshop if only that table could talk ,what tell it would have

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 09:15 PM

What is the diameter of that screw Smitty? Sweet bench, I love antiqe benches. Interesting that it has a seperate nut, not a taped end cap.

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 09:17 PM

Awesome pics Smitty. That’s a beauty.

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

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 12:02 AM

that bench look just like my old bench though alot better build than mine
compared with your fathers mine look like its falling apart even after the restoring
yes those vices can real make a good squize
its amazing how much the wooden tread can hold up to without being destroyd

wuold like to see a picture of the hole bench :-)
has it the shouldervice too

Dennis

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#7 posted 05-19-2012 12:22 AM

The screw D is at least (likely?) an inch and a half… And know y’all have seen this bench before. It was in my shop before I moved it. Lots of wood vise discussions here on LJs so I’ve added these pictures to help the cause! :-)

Here it is in the shop last year or so.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 05-19-2012 10:09 AM

Smitty, you’re a Godsend. My worries are now over. I’ll just simply copy this one, the best I can. It’ll have the two effects I’m looking for: 1) to build a traditional bench and 2) to honor a well worn bench. Both pursuits of the highest order, in my opinion. I am forever grateful.

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

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#9 posted 05-19-2012 10:20 AM

There’s so much awesomeness in Smitty’s shop picture above, I don’t know where to start.

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

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#10 posted 05-19-2012 12:47 PM

Thanks for posting the pics. They are great.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 05-19-2012 01:10 PM

Al, let me know if you need details, and I’ll get what I can. I could do somwe tracings and aend to you as well. Glad to help!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#12 posted 05-19-2012 02:42 PM

thanks for the update Smitty :-)
I can see mine is different from yous since mine is a nordic/german benchtype
with shoulderwice too

Dennis

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#13 posted 05-19-2012 07:26 PM

Al, at this point you have the materials for two benches. he he. You could use the grizzly tops for this style bench, maybe use the Fir for the legs, you got the screws on order, sounds like your set.

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

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#14 posted 05-19-2012 07:42 PM

Smitty

I hope the drums are still in the shop? :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 05-19-2012 08:43 PM

I like the way you think, Mauricio. If I had the shop space, I’d build the whole thing out of fir and use the grizzly maple for assembly tables. I don’t have that kind of room:(. They’re not kitchen worthy but they might be like…guest bathroom worthy(?). I mean, no offense Grizzly, they’re sold as workbench tops (end-to-end fingers, etc.). But they’re thick and they’re pretty for shop fodder. If I build the whole thing out of fir, there’s a lot worse things in the world than having those slabs. They don’t take up too much room against the wall and they haven’t moved a muscle since they’ve been acclimating. I’m at a crossroads, as are all bench builders. At least I’ve got a reference for a wood-screw tail (thank you, Smit). That seriously saves me. I’ve got enough wood to build a bench and the screws on the way. The rest is up to me if I can get my $t straight.

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

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