Had a surprise today, more funds available in the budget than I thought so I went to the lumber yard and got the wood that I needed. Got it all milled up and the front rail is now in the clamps. Due to my clamp shortage, I’ll have to glue up the last leg after I get home from work tomorrow night. But that’s good because it’ll set me up perfect for next weekend’s activities.
I picked up a 2 – 5/8” forstner bit for the plastic bearing ring, a 4” forstner bit extension for the 1 – 1/4” bit so I can drill through the leg, and a router edge guide for cutting the mortises in the legs. Today I just wanted to get the leg vise done.
So the leg vise works, I don’t have the plastic bearing ring mounted yet, I’ll do that after the base is done and I can really test it for alignment. But for now it just works. I think the only thing about this Benchcrafted kit that I don’t like are the six wood screws that mount the acme nut and the plastic bearing ring on the leg vise. They’re flat head button head screws. I’m sorry but I really don’t like flat headed screws just in general, but when they have a button head, all of the torque is at the outside edge of the head which just happens to be where the metal tapers down to nothing. These little bastards strip out on me every time.
Oh well, enough of my rant. Next week I have two new legs to mill down and a bunch of mortises and tenons to cut. Then it’ll be time to assemble the base. Woo-Hoo I’m almost done.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day.
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