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Blog entry by Philip posted 07-31-2014 03:11 AM 806 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Way back in the day when I “finished” my bench, I found that the wood vises I made were extremely difficult to use, since they are made with wooden nuts and threads. Because of this I have made excuses not to use them and when I have used them I have paid the price…twisting…and twisting, a quarter turn at a time and getting very strong forearms in the meantime but not much woodworking done.

I finally read that someone used paste-wax on their vise (probably from Paul or Mads) and gave it a try. It worked great! So now I will use them much more often.

Time to take out the David Marks inspired project (combination of Egyptian bench and Curved stave table) and see if we can get it to work.

I think this one is destined for the scrap pile…sadly… it tapers, it meets at an angle, the dovetails are curved, I just bit off more than I can chew with this one. We will see, mabye I’ll throw it under the bench for another 2 years and see if I get any better…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!



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stefang

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 08:07 AM

I think one problem is that your wooden threads way too fine. Wooden threads are usually a lot coarser and not so many turns are needed to tighten/loosen them and normally they don’t need any wax. Anyway it’s good that they work better for you now. Your dovetail project looks real interesting and challenging.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Philip

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 10:49 AM

Thanks Mike, I got the tap and die to make the threads from Woodcraft. Someday I’ll find or make ones with coarser threads.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 01:46 PM

BRAVO !!! It’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.

I think someone said that already. :)

Maybe if you leave it under your bench long enough it’ll fix itself.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Philip

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 07:05 PM

I like the way you think John…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 07:24 PM

Maybe you should change your byline to …

“If you can dream it, I’ll TRY to do it!” :)

You go, Philip.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Philip

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 12:17 PM

You see, other peoples dreams are a piece of cake.

It’s my own hair brained ideas that give me the most grief!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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