Installing the hardware was straight forward.
For the fixed jaw an 1 1/2 hole is drilled and shaped to accept the nut. Then 3/4” hole goes all the way through.
The 3/4” hole in the mobile jaw is elongated to prevent binding.
Install both screws and done!
I really like the design aspect of woodworking.
First, the vise needs to be secured to the bench top. One way is to make the fixed jaw longer and clamp it. Like so….
The hole seemed awkward to me so I left my fixed jaw 2” longer on each side and will cut away a block to expose a platform that can either be clamp or held with a hold fast.
Another way to secure the vise is by pinching a lip behind the fixed jaw. This is the primary way that I’ll secure my vise. But if you don’t have a tail vise and dog holes, holdfasts can still be used.
Next, the legs. Since my table height is taller than the plan the legs appear blocky and unappealing. So I decided to taper them. The proportions follow the golden ratio. The leg meets the beam at 38% of the length. The foot is 62% of that length. The beam is 38% the height of the leg.
Next, I plan to employ dog hole along each side to increase clamping versatility. The center-line is 1 1/2” from the edge to echo the thickness of the top. They are spaced 3” apart because the capacity of the vise is just above the distance.
The front, mobile jaw is 2” thick and appears too thick in comparison to this rest of the table and vise. To visually balance their thicknesses I plan on beveling the edges so the resultant edge is 1 1/2”.
Finally, the “relief” bevel on the mobile jaw will actually be rounded over to echo the contour of the bench leg vise. Further, I am contemplated a compound round over to match the curve of the Benchcrafted handle. At first the plan was to remove enough material to make 62% the way to the jaw surface. I think this is too much thus I will go half way.
These are the things that I think about. Thanks for looking. Suggestions?
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