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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #10: End Caps and Wagon Vise

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 707 days ago 5934 reads 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Deadman, Cut Legs, Drill Screw and Holdfast Holes Part 10 of Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench series Part 11: 2nd End Cap and Dog Holes »

Back again friends,

Ok, the next step is the make a wagon vise out of this screw I got from Lee Valley.

Thanks to PurpLev for the inspiration on his blog:
http://lumberjocks.com/PurpLev/blog/17919

First I jointed one side of the boards for the end caps then ran it through the thickens planner, etc…

Next since the wood in the wagon vise recess had warped since being cut I had to trim some wood off using my #78, #92, and a chisel.

I even used the front bullnose portion of the 78.

It didnt work so well because the grain was running the wrong direction so ultimately it was mostly done by chisel.

Next to lay the nut into the Wagon Block:

I hacked at this all kinds of different ways. The forstner bit on the drill press was having a lot of trouble with this.



It was a pain, I think next time I’ll try the router bit in the drill press trick, just seems scary.

Now to crosscut the ends:

The left side was tricky because the legs were in the way of me clamping down my circular saw guide. So I used my holdfast (a lot of holdfast action in these pics) and a little makeshift extension for the F clamp.

The saw didnt cut through all the way so I cleaned up the rest with chisel and block plane:

Next I needed to patch this little chamfer from when this wood was part of a table:

Turned out ok, I nearly matched the grain perfectly:

Rout the ends of the bench to take the spline that will mate with the end caps.

Check out my new router set up! Again the holdfast work great, so versatile.

I like how the joint is subtly highlighted here.

Now what you’ve all been waiting for, the WAGON VISE!

Dog hole in the wagon block.

Counter bore then drill for the bolt. I dont have a pic of the holes drilled in the underside, that was kind of a pain because i had to square one side of the hole to mate
with the washer.

This little hard maple piece holds the screw level.

EDIT
Here is a shot of the entire assembly from below. My hardware store didnt have stainless steel barrel nuts so I had to go with a whole I squared up on one side to receive a washer and nut. Its a pain to get the washer and nut on the bolt in this little 3/4” hole.

And Voila! We have a wagon vise. I dont have the row of dog holes yet but so far it seems to work great.

It also works great for working the end of a board. Holds rock solid.

A nice 8” of clamping capacity!

Benchcrafted eat your heart out. LOL, just kidding, its not nearly as nice but it works pretty damn good at a fraction of the cost.

Anyway, thats what I have for now, I’ve got you guys all caught up. Sorry for the hasty post if I misspelled anything or was unclear in any way. I’m open to question or comments.

Thanks for watching, it wouldnt be nearly as fun without people to share it with.

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch



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ksSlim

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#1 posted 707 days ago

Looking good! Thanks for the pics/blog.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 707 days ago

Nice pics Mauricio. Digging the DC on the router setup. A fella could learn something about benches on this site.

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Brit

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#3 posted 707 days ago

Looking good Mauricio. Wagons roll!!!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Boatman53

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#4 posted 707 days ago

I like your wagon vise Mauricio. Thought about one on my bench but ended up just bolting on an old face vise I had. Perhaps the next bench. The last one was just a practice bench.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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Dave

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#5 posted 707 days ago

How many hours would you say you have in it so far? Inquiring minds want to know.
The vise mounting was well done. You do great work and are not afraid to show your mistakes. That makes you honest.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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bhog

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#6 posted 707 days ago

More nice work man.The chamfer repair is pretty dang good.Following along on these bench builds is starting to really make me NEED a real bench.Maybe one day.Im such a cromagnon that anything I build will look aged within 6 months.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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KOVA

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#7 posted 707 days ago

BIEN HECHO MAURICIO!!!!!
HABILIDAD EN LAS MANOS + INTELIGENCIA EN LA CABEZA ;-D
PUEDES HABER VISTO ÉSTOS VIDEOS CIEN VECES O TAL VEZ NUNCA, PERO EL AUTOR DEL WORKBENCH, DETALLA MUY BIEN, CÓMO INSTALÓ LA PRENSA-CARRO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b819B3FJZME&feature=relmfu

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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KOVA

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#8 posted 707 days ago

BIEN HECHO MAURICIO!!!!!
HABILIDAD EN LAS MANOS + INTELIGENCIA EN LA CABEZA ;-D
PUEDES HABER VISTO ÉSTOS VIDEOS CIEN VECES O TAL VEZ NUNCA, PERO EL AUTOR DEL WORKBENCH, DETALLA MUY BIEN, CÓMO INSTALÓ LA PRENSA-CARRO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b819B3FJZME&feature=relmfu

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Brandon

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#9 posted 706 days ago

Nicely done, M. The wagon vise is pretty sweet, even though it’s not a Benchcrafted. In hindsight I probably would have liked to have added on to my bench, although I do use the tail vise a bit.

Also, did you misspell “misspeled anyting” on purpose? LOL.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 706 days ago

Thanks Slim

Shane, Thanks, the DC is just a fitting I bought to go on the router base. Not as convenient as a dedicated table but it worked out pretty good, its an mdf board sitting on two 8/4 pieces of oak.

Thanks Andy, its pretty sweet so far.

Jim, thanks, wow if that was your practice bench I cant even imagine how nice your next bench will be.

This wagon vise is Lefty Tighty, Righty Loosy but it will be cool once I get used to it.

Dave, Thanks. How long? We dont ask those kinds of questions Dave… Who knows, the first picture was taken back in January but I built a bookshelf in between, not to mention my wooden screw making detour. I dont know, I’ve given up trying to keep track of hours, a lot but at the same time It hasn’t seemed like that long. I will miss working on it when its done.

Thanks Bhog, I’m not that careful either, I’ve already caught myself chopping into my bench, I’m used to working on OSB that I chop and drill into all the time.

KOVA, gracias y gracias por el enlace, si yo soy hincha de Carter y les he visto todos los videos. Es un poco distinto el proceso con el tornillo de madera. El que me dio la inspiración para esta fue PurpLev. PRENSA CARRO, gracias por traducirme WAGON VISE, no sabia como se llamaba en español. Saludos!

*KOVA, thanks and thanks nfor the link, yeas I’m a big fan of Carter and I’ve seen all his videos. The process with the wooden screw is a little different. Purplev was my main source of inspiration. CAR VISE, thanks for the translation of WAGON VISE, I didn’t know what that was called in Spanish. Cheers!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 706 days ago

Brandon, damn you! And thanks!
I wish I was clever enough to have misspelled that on purpose, My spelling is horrible I spell check everything in outlook but I missed those because I was in a hurry. Thanks for pointing that out!
Brandon and I were playing with the Benchcreafted hardware at Woodcraft last night at our Guild meeting. Mine is nowhere near as smooth as that but it will do. What do you have on there now? An iron facevise?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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lysdexic

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#12 posted 706 days ago

HA – I thought four sure he misspelled misspeled on porpoise two. I no I wood half.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 706 days ago

^LOL

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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AnthonyReed

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#14 posted 706 days ago

Great job Mauricio. The chamfer repair looks perfect. On the repair-end’s (left end?), is that end cap in place with spline and glue only or is it bolted too?

It is wonderful watching this come together. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 706 days ago

Thanks Tony. No its not glued on, it will just be held on with the spline and bolts but I haven’t bolted it on yet so its just the spline holding it right now.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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