While i’ve been progressing quite well with the top, i’ve been fighting myself on vice options. Unfortunately, I need to figure out what kind of end vice i’m going to go with before I finish gluing up the top so I don’t limit my options.
I’ve glued up the back half of the top so far, and I really need to figure out the end/tail vice before i really go any further.
Ive been fighting back and forth between two options:
1. Using something like a face vice on the end with a big chop that has two dog holes, and have a set of parallel dog holes about 8 inches apart so that I can plane narrow and wide boards. I like this idea because I can also use the tail vice as a vice for holding work vertically as well as horizontally. I am concerned that using just the front dog hole row will cause the vice to rack pretty badly.
2. The other part of me says to go with a wagon vice. I’ve seen a few executions of this on LumberJocks that have looked pretty good, but i’m not too sure about hardware. I’d love to go with the Benchcrafted, but I just can’t afford the price of it.
As for the front I have a good idea od where I am going with the leg vice. I really love the Maguire Pinless Leg Vice. A combination of a wooden screw vice and a linear bearing shaft seems like a solid combination:
However, they quoted me $410 shipped… Again, more than I’m looking to pay. I was thinking about getting a Lake Erie wooden screw (at $210), and then buying a 30mm precision shaft and linear bearing from an industrial supply shop for about $80.. In a perfect world, that’s what i’d like to do, but more likely i’ll have to go for a metal screw vice for the cost saving (either the Lee Valley at $35 or the LN for $85). Now, what I’d like to know is, what is the difference between the LN and the LV metal screw for the difference in price?
I look forward to your input on vice hardware… any pros or cons or suggestions?
As for progress, I’ve jointed/planed the first two sections of the top (I’m keeping each section under 6” so I can run them over the 6” jointer after they’re glued up, and then glue two sections together under 12” so they can run through the planer (Save a whole lot of time hand planing!)
Section 1 glued up:
Section 2 glued up (section1 in behind):
Sections 1 (After a few passes over the jointer to clean it up) and 2 (Fresh out of the clamps) glued up to see how it is coming along:
Now its decision time, gotta figure out if i’m going with a wagon vice before i glue together that section!
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