I put my wooden screw build on hold for a minute. While I ordered the router bit I needed to build the thread cutting jig I made some progress on the top.
Here is a quick review from previous blogs of how I got to this point:
The raw materials:
Started with a green table I got for free from a cabinet shop. Very cupped due to the piths in the slabs.
Cut out the piths.
I ended up with the good parts which were all quarter sawn, about 2.5” Red Oak. The knots will be hidden on the bottom of the bench top.
Now the Plan:
Wagon Vise plan:
I squared up 3 sides of each of the pieces by hand with my #6 and wooden Jointer.
Then I had to cut out the recess for the Wagon Vise
This involved cuts on two of the top pieces before I glued them together. The first was a simple stopped cut on the Band Saw.
Followed by a cross cut by hand
The next piece I had to cut out a recess (stopped rabbet?) which all had to be cut out by hand.
It was tricky since I had only squared 3 side to keep as much thickness as possible so I couldn’t reference off of the bottom of the piece which would have been the most logical. So I used my router table and cut out a groove as high as the bit would go and finished off the rest by hand. By sawing, drilling, and chopping. That was not a pretty process so there are not any pictures of that.
Andy here is how the recess ended up.
Once that was done I drilled holes for dowels to keep the pieces aligned for glue up.
This really helped out tremendously when doing the glue up. This dowel trick together with perfectly hand planed joints, I felt like I could have glued this top together with one clamp. But human nature tells us to use almost every clamp we own just to be on the safe side. I used plenty of glue as you can see, no starved joints here.
So now I have a bench top with a spot for a wagon vise! It netted out to 14” wide.
It’s all downhill from here. Stay tuned for the rest of the build and thanks for watching!
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch