Went to a Tractor Fest over the weekend. Amongst all the “goodies” I brought home, was a $10 Craftsman 7” wood working vise.
Figured I could make some use out of it. The end of my bench is just about where all the “action” takes place, anyway. Not too often it is even cleared off..
Sooo, dug out some toys, and a big clamp. On the end of the bench, it is just a 2×4 as an End cap. It is also where the legs have a few bolts. Had to sit the vise in just the right spot. It had to fit between the legs, miss the bolts, and still stay below the top edge. Took a few tries of holding it in place with one hand, and trying to mark things out with a pencil in the other…Finally.
Sabresaw to try to make a notch for the vise….Vertical cuts weren’t too bad. Horizontal? Circular saw for the most of it. Then a BIG chisel to finish things off. Had to cut back into one leg a bit…
But, now I had a place to install two lag screws and washers…...that I still need to walk out and BUY…
Have a “Hammerhead” cordless drill/driver, my son’s actually
I put a shorter tip in, and drove four large screws through the holes and into the 2×4 end cap….That should hold things for a bit..
All the way out, and no droop. But, I needed to add a “face” to both sides. The moving one was easy. But the one against the bench? That is where the BIG clamp came in.
Marked out where on a 1×4 pine board where the vise was. And how big a mortise, and how deep it should be. I wanted some of the 1×4 to stick up above the bench’s top. Roughly a 1/2” deep. 3-1/2” wide, by 7” long area had to leave. Didn’t feel like digging out the router, setting things up and all that noise. Soo..
Clamped it down, grabbed a sharp Aldis chisel, and chopped away. had the chisel hop up out of the cut, and bounce off my hand bythe thumb…..perfect 3/4” wide cut. Made a slight mess. Pared the area flat.
Rightup to the lines. marked out for a few countersunk holes for screws. Hammerhead to drive them home.
had to miss where other screws were. Set the other face in the clamp, tightened the vise up. Once the two faces were the same height. a few ( what i thought were short enough) screws to attach the moving face
Ran the vise in and out…needs a bit of oil. Closed it up
jack plane to level the faces to the bench’s top. Block plane to champfer a few outside edges. Coat of BLO to seal the edges.
Not too bad, for a $10 vise?
-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use