The left front leg requires a lot more development in order to turn it into a leg vise. The first step is to make a clearance mortise for the parallel guide. It needs to be nice and square so I routed to max depth and squared the corners. However, even routing from both sides I don’t have enough depth. The trusty brace and bit to the rescue.
It ain’t perfect but will do just fine.
The vise nut. The plan calls for a flush mount …........
TWW inlays the flange. However, that got me thinking. I am losing some excursion with my extra thick legs at 5 3/8” versus the planned 3 1/2”. So I decided, after the fact, to turn the nut around and completely inlay the nut.
However, Ive already drilled for the screw and this makes a counter bore difficult. So, the leg set back on the drill press and the first bit centered. Then the counter bore for the barrel drilled. Finally the flange is inlay-ed using a router.
Finally, the hole is tapped and the nut is installed. This configuration allows for a inch or so more chop travel
The acetal bushing is installed on the front face of the leg in a similar fashion: Marked, routed, corners squared, screw holes tapped.
Its a hair too deep but that’s OK.
Finally, the roller brackets.
Fortunately, the cut-off from the chop was damn near the perfect size. A 1/16” was planed off and everything laid out.
Slots routed, holes drilled and tapped. This was a done on a larger piece and then they were divided.
Next, I went along with the plan and added some decorative details using primarily the bandsaw. I forgot to take pics. Finished with a little sanding and applied some mineral spirits just to check out how they’d look.
The pieces are assembled and tuned. You guys have seen the BenchCrafted leg vise in action. It is wonderful hardware with a smooth action.
You may note the parallel guide is only temporarily pegged because now I will disassemble most everything and “retro-fit” the chain drive.
I really appreciate you guys following along and the encouraging words!
-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty