The rails have been assembled, legs attached to the cabinet, a little clean up and should be ready to mortise for the slabs.
It appears I have some corrupted images on my memory card, so may not be able to post any of the photos of mortising or attaching the slabs through the rails with the SPAX type screws. Slabs have been fastened to the top with one screw at each end, there is a 2” gap between the two sections.
I wanted a wide enough space to be able to use a Bessey K clamp to hold down material if needed.
After having the slabs sit on my sawhorses for a couple weeks while I worked on the other pieces, I was worried they might twist (saw how careful Marc was with his and he ended up shimming and planing down a fair bit in one corner. After screwing them down tight to the rails I can almost slide a piece of paper under one slab; otherwise everything lines up perfectly!
If I wanted to get fussy with it, I could loosen the screw, put a piece of paper between the rail and the slab.
I had allowed an extra half inch for trimming the leg vise flush to the top (at least that was the theory), in reality, I have about 1/8” (if that much) to trim up. Noticed a little more checking on the end grain of the padauk, most should be taken care of by rounding over of the top at the outside of the chop.
My neighbour has a CNC machine and was telling me he could engrave / inlay a design if I wanted onto the face of the vise, may look at that when the rest is complete.
Created a couple of dogs with scraps from the leg vise to try out the clamping power of the wagon vise. Very slick!
Wagon vise has over 12” of opening, might come in handy…
Gap stop should come in handy for tool storage while working on small projects.
Next up is to round over the edges, add trim on the cabinet, and begin the drawer construction and assembly. Don’t wait up for the next installment…
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