In part 3 of my blog, I’ll discuss how I went about building the vice chop and installed the vice hardware. I decided to diverge from the plans at this stage to use a thinner chop and change the shape from the published plans. I used a plane lever cap from my veritas bevel up smoother as a pattern as I liked that shape a bit better.
I milled a piece of 8/4 stock as thick as i could leave it and it ended up at about 1 13/16 thick. I decided to leave the bark in instead of out on the board as I liked the grain orientation better that way. I had the stock in my climate controlled shop a few weeks before building so I wasnt too worried about cupping and i figured i could always plane it down if it did. I marked out the shape as shown below.
Once I had the shape and orientation set, I layed out the mortise and setup for the tenon on the glide.
I cut out the parts on the bandsaw and shaped them using my spindle sander, planes and spokeshave.
I followed the glide vise installation instructions fairly closely and ended up with the vise in its final position. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow.
At this time, the base was basically done and ready to start on the top.