I had some time to work on the leg vise last night. Very little progress but at least some :) I’d already rough cut the holes, and needed to cut the sides. Here’s how I started
I’ve been scratching my head on the chamfer at the top since I’ve seen different variations of it and it seems to be taking me FOREVER to get it cut with my block plane. I’m thinking that’s a user issue but I’m trying to get a feel for the plane and it is cross/end grain after all so what a better time to learn?
So I put that down for a bit and did the easy part – rough cut the sides with a jig saw. I left enough of the top to do the curves still – wanted to make sure they matched and my hand sketch on the wood wasn’t cutting it and my protractor had walked off! (found it later on the kitchen table). Here’s how I ended:
Not sure if I want to cut them down to finished depth or sand/rasp them down. Guess I could plane them down with either the block or the smoothing plane? I think? I Have to do the same to the insides of the squares but I’m thinking they may just get a sharp chisel :) TBC
So I started working on the log centre piece. I cut it down to rough size using two ‘new to me’ hand saws. I’m left with the dilemma of how to get the board to finish size…. cut again with the handsaw (don’t think I trust myself to cut true enough for that option), take it out to the table saw and cut it there (table saw is buried and it’s getting quite nippy out again) or block/smoothing plane it down to final dimensions? I’m leaning towards the last since I started hitting it with a block plane but I’m getting a bit of chatter… may need to sharpen/hone the blade again.
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.