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The Saw Vise

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Blog series by Tomcat1066 updated 02-11-2008 04:43 PM 3 parts 9222 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Finally! Makin' Some Sawdust

02-10-2008 03:50 AM by Tomcat1066 | 10 comments »

I finally got sick of waiting until I actually had a shop to start making some stuff. Yesterday, I broke down and bought a workmate, some hardware, some pine, and a bit of red oak. Why? Easy. I’m building a saw vise. Being a hand tool kind of guy, I knew I would need this either now or later. Since my saws are all fairly dull, and I’ve ordered some files, handles and saw sets from Tools for Working Wood, I figured now was as good a time as ever. The basic plan for this is...

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Part 2: Finished!

02-11-2008 02:34 AM by Tomcat1066 | 10 comments »

So, I have now finished my first woodworking project! Don’t I feel special! Well, honestly, I don’t. I got sloppy and it shows on this. First, let me share the finished product. And the other side. That doesn’t look so bad. However, I got sloppy with the hole placement for the carriage bolts, figuring I’d have to plane them to match anyways. However, they were off by over a quarter of an inch on one side, but only 1/8th on the other. So, I planed t...

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Part 3: The Aftermath

02-11-2008 04:43 PM by Tomcat1066 | 5 comments »

I noticed that I focused a lot on the negative lessons I learned building this thing, and that’s not fair. There was a lot of positive to be remembered as well. Now that all is said and done, I figure now is a good time to reflect on the positive a bit, and the positive that came out of the negative as well. 1. It looks like the blasted thing works! A saw vise is, ultimately, a tool. As such, looks are great, but function is most important. So far, it looks like it’ll wor...

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