Scandinavian workbench restore
Fixing the front vice.
This part is the repair of the front vice and yes making it run smooth as a dream.
(Some call the front vice a face vice).
We are back at the bench, now with hold fast and more or less ready to use.
But my front vice is missing it’s pressure plate. The really old benches did not have one of these but mine has the slide for it so it will be replaced.
Here again you can see the underneath how it is really just a clamp attached to the table…
The plate that I will be making needs to run against the underneath of the side and top of the legs, so first of is to clean up all the old glue and lacquer.
I find an old hardwood floorboard and draw up the plate and the arm.
Then saw it.
I can highly recommend the Japanese blades for the old frame saws.
Then I drilled a recess on the back where the wood screw is touching.
(The fast viewer will be able to see that I made the plate bigger than the picture where I was sawing).
Then a recess from the back and a long screw with a washer.
(The washer here is a Danish coin for the later generations to find).
Then marking in the center where the screw will go.
At the end of the arm I drill a hole for a dowel so that the arm will be held in place when mounted.
Here you see it under the front vice and over the leg.
Here it is mounted, looking good I think.
And here the coin that holds the plate to the screw so it follows back when turning the vice screw.
Next step is to oil it up with Danish oil and then add a thick layer of good grease on the moveable parts.
And it spins like a cat.
And this is how it looks when in use.
I made some temporary vice handles of a bamboo rod I had laying around, it kind of combine my passion for the Japanese woodworking into the bench.
(I might turn some hardwood handles later on the lathe once it is up and running again).
Some hemp string and glue makes nice handle ends around the dowels.
Thick layer of glue to soak.
And dry of in direction of the fibers to leave a smooth surface.
And here we are.
Notice the funny mirrored 22 at the end, it was numbers that sat on the workbench so I will guess it has been in a bigger workshop back in history.
How can I not be a happy man here?
End of this part of the blog, next will be making bench dogs.
Hope it can be to some inspiration.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.