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