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building a bench and stuff #3: Building the end vise for ma bench

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Blog entry by TheFridge posted 05-19-2015 04:33 AM 2225 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Stretchers and how I assembled Part 3 of building a bench and stuff series Part 4: Beginning of the leg vise »

I needed an end vise for ma bench. So I built one. White oak was the hardest wood I had on hand in a useable quantity. I’ll try to keep it short.

Didn’t have a large enough piece for the chop(?) but I had 2 that I really liked. So I joined them with a sliding dovetail. Made with table saw, chisel and a home made router plane (the block of oak with the Allen wrench sticking out).

I cut rabbets into the bottom guide rails simply because I bought a new to me plow plane. It left a gap in the front of the vise where it came through the through mortise.

I filled it with some walnut for contrast. I don’t know how, but that blue color is what the oak really looks like. Some pretty stuff.

Built the the guides for the rails. Left it open so I could wax it every now and again.

I didn’t want to rely on just glue to keep the guides from splitting away from the top. So i drilled for a dowel or 8 in each guide. Drilled the holes on the drill press with a forstner. Then clamped it and made adjustments till the action was smooth. Oh yeah… It was….

Used a regular old 1/2” drill bit to drill through the guides and into the top in a couple spots. Then I flipper over

Finished drilling the holes and then fit the dowels and glued them.


I don’t have a proper mallet so I had to make a ww2 Kabar deep sea divers knife work. And it did. So well I puched a dowel through the top. Kinda hard to hold back when you’re holding a knife forged with pure testosterone.

So the vise is done (finally). So much for keeping it short.

Tanks for looking

Next up: the screw and other parts

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.



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#1 posted 05-19-2015 05:49 PM

Looking very good

-- Bert

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 01:55 AM

Thanks bud. It’ll get finished one day :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 01:55 AM

Nice work on the vise, Fridge. Are you going with a single screw or a Moxon-style?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 02:14 AM

Thanks again don, I put all of the red oak you gave me to good use :)

It’ll be a single screw like this

Once I finshing tinkering with the whatever I’m gonna do to get the vise to open as well as close then I’ll add a leg vise and moxon on the other end. Probably. It’ll be an afterthought, though I have a loose plan.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 05-21-2015 02:00 AM

Very cool, Fridge! (No pun intended) I am eager to see how it turns out.

Charlie

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#6 posted 05-21-2015 02:04 AM

Thanks man and me too

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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