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Twin screw vise #7: Getting it working

12-10-2017 07:37 PM by Dave Polaschek | 6 comments »

I’m a little light on pictures in this post, as I got excited that I was almost done, and didn’t want to stop to take pictures as I went. Sorry in advance for that. When I left off in the previous post, the dowels that will hold long pieces off the vise screws were binding and wouldn’t allow the jaws to close. So my first order of business was to open up the holes in the front chop a little with a tapered reamer. I did that slowly, sneaking up on the fit, repeatedl...

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Twin screw vise #6: Both jaws on

12-09-2017 08:14 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

Since last time, I finished drilling the 3/8” holes to mount the rear vise jaw to the bench. I bolted the jaw on, then put in the vise hardware with the front jaw to make sure everything lined up. The one departure from plan is that the 5” bolts supplied with the vise were long enough that I needed a little more wood behind the bench apron to hold the nuts. They’re designed to live inside the bench top, and I had initially planned to put a 2×4 behind the apron to...

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Twin screw vise #5: Boring the holes

12-06-2017 05:56 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

In the previous post, I left off just before drilling the two main holes for the vise screws. Yesterday I did those. Based on feedback from some fellow Lumberjocks, I used my expanding spade bit to start the holes, as it has a nice sharp spur and produces a clean edge. Then I used the old T-handle auger bit I bought off eBay and cleaned up, which has no spurs (it’s designed for drilling holes for timber-framing, so I suspect a slightly ragged hole wasn’t a worry). I built a jig...

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Twin screw vise #4: Everything but the holes

12-04-2017 06:08 PM by Dave Polaschek | 15 comments »

I’ve been working on getting everything prepped for installing my vise, and I think I’m running out of things to do. Looks like I might have to drill the holes for it this afternoon if my back behaves. I’ve removed the planing stop from my bench. It was going to be in the way of the vise. I also filled the holes where it had been with walnut dowels and planed them smooth. I’ll reinstall it once the vise is in and I figure out where it needs to be. I’ve ...

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Twin screw vise #2: Rear chop and thinking

11-25-2017 04:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Having the front chop done-ish, it was time to move onto the rear chop. It was less tapered than the front one, so just a few swipes of the plane took off the 3/32” or so that was needed to get it square along the long sides. But the ends were more angled, and since I wasn’t rounding them off like I’d done with the front chop, I wanted to get them nice and square, so out comes the shooting board. Once everything was square all around, I used a spokeshave to bre...

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Twin screw vise #1: The front chop

11-23-2017 05:20 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

This winter I want to start cutting dovetails, doing a dovetail a day for a month to build my skills. In preparation for that, I’m adding a twin-screw vise to my bench, using the Veritas mechanism. I’m planning to make the jaws three feet wide, with a full 24 inches (minus a little) between the screws, so I can also use this vise to hold wood I’m resawing with my frame saw. Since the front chop is going to be the most visible bit (even though a lot of it will be covered b...

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Building my Workbench #15: Little More Progress, Nearly Done

07-24-2017 12:03 PM by HokieKen | 15 comments »

Well, I got some time in the shop this weekend. I split it about 50/50 between my Beer Swap project and my bench. Just wanted to post a quick update on where I’m at. Now that everything is assembled and pinned, it’s time to get to work on the “fun”stuff… well mostly. First up was to get the end vise back on. Now, this is the one part of my build I’m not totally satisfied with. There’s just too much slop in this hardware for a chop as long and ...

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Building my Workbench #12: Leg Vise

07-10-2017 01:11 PM by HokieKen | 6 comments »

Well, over the past week, I did manage to get the leg vise mostly done. At least as “done” as I’m going to until the final assembly is done. I had already cut the mortise for the parallel guide before drawboring the leg. So next thing I did was to make the parallel guide and cut my chop to rough shape. The guide is made from a piece of cherry and the chop is the same gnarly Walnut I used for my end vise. I cut a blind mortise in the chop for the guide and drilled and ...

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Shop Chips #1: Advice on Vises! (For beginners)

05-18-2017 05:46 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 0 comments »

View on YouTube so this’ll kind of be my “vlog within a blog” sort of thing. For this week I wanted to talk about something that the internet seems to complicate for alot of people and that’s vises. I cover it in the video but suffice to say that the best vise that you can possibly get is the one that has all the parts, the jaws move smoothly and freely, isn’t missing any parts, and most importantly fits in the space that you have alloted for work. In ...

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Littlestown No. 750 Restoration

04-23-2017 06:25 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

Restoring a Littlestown Harware & Foundry No. 750 vise. It has smooth jaws and perfect for smaller benches. It had been painted black, but everything was removed and started from the bottom. Subscribe for more videos!

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