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PanaVise Restoration #1: #380 Base and #303 Standard Head

02-20-2018 11:16 PM by twoblacklabs | 6 comments »

A few months ago, I traveled to Ohio to pickup an Incra LS Positioner off of Craigslist (less than 100 miles). The nice fella took the time to give a tour of his extravagant basement shop. (Wish I had photos to share). A retired engineer, he took great pride in his shop. He also gave me a box of junked Panavises as he didn’t have time to do anything with them. Not one to say no, I took the box with no clue as to what I would do with them. In fact, until he showed me the box, I had never...

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Handy tools #1: Miter Jack

02-19-2018 01:38 PM by Dave Polaschek | 22 comments »

A few months ago, I bought a miter jack, thinking that I would need to be making some 45 degree miters for the upcoming box swap. Since then, I’ve changed my plans for what I’m going to build (I got better at dovetails, mostly) and might not be doing miters, but figured that I would play with my miter jack a little before I get started on the box construction for the swap. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a little procrastination? For those who aren’t familiar, a miter ...

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Benchtop Bench & Vise #1: Inspiration

01-12-2018 05:53 PM by EdsCustomWoodCrafts | 0 comments »

I very much need to upgrade my current clamping solutions in the shop as my Jay Bates inspired Moxon Vise just isn’t cutting it, I cant work on all face of the workpiece like you can on a traditional Woodworking Woodbench which currently isn’t in the budget. I just wanted to say before anyone comments about it, I couldnt afford to do the entire project in Maple or solid oak so I used construction grade lumber Kiln dried 2×4’s for part of the worksurface and bottom fr...

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Road Trip Highlights, NEW Twin Screw Vise, David Marks Class, and more...

12-28-2017 07:54 PM by CharlieK | 3 comments »

<div>Get your own valid XHTML YouTube embed code</div> I drove from Minneapolis to Santa Rosa, CA to take a class with David Marks and it was great! I also got a sneak peak at a brand new Twin Screw Vise design by Andy Klein. I think this one will actually make it to market, and hopefully it will be soon! Other highlights from my 5000 mile road trip. Charlie

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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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