Trimming the tenon cheeks and shoulders was fairly straightforward. The hardest part was flipping the 200 lb slab every 5 minutes… There were two issues. First, the tenon shoulders weren’t coplanar. In fact, they formed a kind of X. I doubt my collar jig was that bad, so I’m inclined to think there was a lot of flex in the circ saw, and probably exacerbated by the blade burning issue. The second issue is that the tenon depth was uneven. That’s a layout problem. ...
This workbench is more primitive but carries the same angle brace leg vise mentioned in my previous blog post. Found in Farm Shop Work: Practical Manual Training, by George M. Brace and D. D. Mayne, 1915. http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-farm-workbench-with-angle-brace.html
[update: better pics on my personal blog]http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/2014/11/unusual-early-20th-century-farm-leg-vise.html Posting this here so it doesn’t get buried in the workbench thread. While perusing Google Books I ran across an unusual leg vise arrangement on a Nicholson style bench in Farm Woodwork by Louis Michael Roehl, 1919. The leg vise has two angled braces rather than the usual pin bar. The angled braces, along with the screw, form a triangle that rides undernea...
Since my last blog entry (something like 2 years ago) I’ve added a few new pieces of iron to the inventory. The first of which was a mid-1960s DeWalt radial arm saw. I’m still in the process of cleaning this one up and rewiring it. Also need to modify my phase converter setup to run this one…it’s a 2 hp 3-phase model. A bit more recent were three tools found at an estate sale earlier this summer. A $10 Stanley Bailey No. 4 in near new condition. A...
I’m tired of seeing all these moxon vises and not making my own. They are pretty expensive. I really need something to act as a front vise on my bench. This takes care of that problem and it also raises any cutting that i’ll be doing by 7 1/2” (which helps out the back). Here is my version of the moxon vise using two pipe clamps. Check out the video. Please subscribe to my channel and check out all the other videos on there.
I go over two techniques to get around with not having a tail vise. If you have other ways, feel free to share them in the comments.
I’ve wanted a vise for quite some time. I was finally able to get one with some money I received for Christmas. I went with the Rockler quick-release front vise. I wanted the Veritas one, but there were other things I needed as well, so I went with the cheaper option so that I could get those other things. I don’t have a workbench yet, so it was a little more difficult to install in the worktable which I built before I really knew what I needed. It’s really just a big...
We’ve been seeing above 0 degrees the last few days so I thought I’d turn the heat on in the shop and finish my bench. I’d reinforced the apron mounted the faces and planed everything flush. A closer view: I think this is the first task in the shop that is done, no further intended fiddling I can just go and start using it! I am a bit concerned that there seems to be a bit if racking when I open the vice, not sure if its not installed correctly or if that i...
I hadn’t planed on making a new vise this weekend. It all started when a friend called and said his dad had a broken down craftsman radial arm saw. He had asked if I wanted it because he was going to haul it off to the dump, of course my response was heck yes! That’s a free tool stand at minimum. I tore it down and used the stand for my bench top drill press.I took the motor off to keep just in case I needed a replacement for something down the line. My 3 yr old was very fas...
Wagon vise was the first vise I built and used intensively during workbench construction. It worked great from the very beginning, the only thing bothering me was poor steel-on-steel friction conditions just where the pressure applied – between crank and garter plate. The solution came from workbench smackdown thread guys: thrust bearings. So one day I disassembled my wagon vise and upgraded it with thrust bearings. Plus I did couple of other things: shortened the handle (no nee...
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