|Project by ChuckM||posted 04-06-2016 03:25 PM||1882 views||10 times favorited||5 comments|
Traditional carpenters in the old days made this kind of vise on a job site to do a quick fix on their saws that hit a nail or a metal object. Nails were used for the joinery. I made one with dovetails for my long handsaws, using hand tools only.
The dovetails were gang cut, to save a bit of time. The body is made of pine and the battens tiger wood, all from the scrap bin.
The more labor-intensive part is to bevel the battens by hand (good exercise!); I used a LAJ, beginning with coarse cuts for quick removal, then fine cuts at the end. Make sure you plane the bevels accurately for a tight fit in the notches. If you prefer, you can bandsaw the waste first. A tight fit means minimal vibration when you file the teeth.
You can alter the design to suit your saws (long or short), or add a drawer to keep your saw sharpening tools (files, etc.).
Here is a simple glue clean-up trick to share:
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