|Project by Airframer||posted 08-25-2013 09:08 PM||5342 views||34 times favorited||50 comments|
This is made from Red Oak, Padouk, Cedar, Cherry and Maple. All the vise hardware was made by myself with the exception of the Chain Vise hardware on the leg vise.
If you are curious about the chain portion of the vise you can contact Boatman53 who is the inventor and distributor of the kits.
This project started out innocently enough about 7 months ago when I purchased a small Bucks Brothers block plane and tried to joint the edges of a couple pine boards for another workbench. That was an exercise in frustration just trying to get the board to stay still so i decided I wanted to add a vise to my cheap HD special bench. So off to Google I went looking for vise options when I came across This thread in my search.
My vise plans then grew to building an entire bench. Keep in mind I had never really done any woodworking of any kind up to this point and ignorantly figured this would be simple. It’s just a top with 4 legs right? Well…
In the process of this build I have learned that just because something is simple doesn’t make it easy. I also learned how to use, restore and sharpen a handplane. I learned how to properly use a bit and brace.. how to cut a straight line with a hand saw and most importantly how to build something out of wood.
I just finished using this to make the sliding deadman and I can say without a doubt that this bench may not make me a better woodworker but it will definitely make woodworking much more enjoyable :D
If you want to see more about this bench and where it all started you can brave the depths of my (way too long) Workbench Build Blog
I also wanted to say thank you to all of the folks here at LJ’s who put up with my questions. You guys are the best!
A few extra pics..
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"