Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #29: Leg Vise - #2

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 08-23-2015 02:38 PM 2376 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided the other day to take another crack at the front leg vise. just too much gone wrong with it. So I went to Lowes and picked up another 2×8. I got the material on the main hole hogged out via drill press and have been working on the chiseling around the edges since then. I believe the main hole on the bench is skewed and not straight hence the rest of it is off as well…at least that’s what I’m finding.

I could really use some good progress. starting to get frustrated and I really need to get this leg vise going to get some work done on other projects!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 08-23-2015 02:56 PM

You certainly get an “A” for perseverance. I hope it works out for you this time.
Fingers crossed here ….

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 08-23-2015 03:15 PM


I hope you got it this time.

I don’t know your tool inventory but if I were going to make a big hole like that this is how I would have done it:

1—Mark where I want the square hole.
2—Using a 1/2 in drill bit, drill holes in corners of hole … staying about 1/8 inch away from corners
3—Using a jig saw, cut 1/8 inch inside of the line.
4—Using boards to serve as patterns to follow, attach on or near the line of the hole … depends if you use a pattern bit or guide bushings.
5—Using a pattern bit (may need several of different lengths) or guide bushings in a router, even up the sides of the square hole.
6 – May have to use a saw or chisel to square the corners.

Hope that helps. You may have to go out and get more tools …. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 09:43 PM

If youre having trouble keeping the chisel perfectly vertical clamp a thicker board right alongside your opening. This will give the back of your chisel something to register against. I use this method quite a bit. Ive got a wandering chisel hand as well.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 08-23-2015 09:51 PM

Ditto what stef said. I have a block I keep around to register my chisel against for through mortises.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 01:24 AM

Thanks guys! I will remember that since I have quite a bit of chiseling in my future. Here’s hoping I improve! I’ve got the new one fitting even though it’s still a bit rough.

Not looking for pretty right now – just functional :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 08-27-2015 05:33 AM

Leaving these here. Got a bit of work done tonight. Started a layer of stain/poly so I can get it working soon!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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