New post on the Little Good Pieces blog: "T-time"

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Blog entry by TheGravedigger posted 11-01-2010 05:11 PM 1133 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog: “T-time”.  It’s my way of dealing with vise racking.  Check it out!

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 06:12 PM

I have no experience with any option, but what about modifying the step block to function somewhat similar to the t-block? What I mean is make it so the block steps up on both sides. That way, the worst that happens as you open the vise is that it drops down to the next notch. Like I said, I don’t have a vise like this yet, nor have I used one, so I can’t speak from experience, but would be interested in hearing what you opinion on that idea is.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 10:09 PM

The biggest problem with using step blocks in the face vise is that, at narrower distances, they stick up fairly far above the top of the vise. This can interfere with operations such as planing that run parallel to the jaws. Additionally, we tend to work with a few general thicknesses of wood, whereas length is infinitely variable. The step blocks allow for this variability when working with stock too narrow to engage both dog rows.

As to the double-step you suggest, my vises are cheap Chinese models that tend to buck rather violently when pressure is released. It’s worth a try, though.

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