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Belg1960

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12-22-2015 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question vise

Guys, has anyone actually installed one of these that might have a minute to hash something out with me?? I’m trying to rough out(practice run with just 2×4’s screwed together) my install of a Benchcrafted tail vise. I’m wondering if you could take a look and see any glaring trouble? I will have a 3” end piece which I accounted for in the layout. In the directions it says to route out the slot for the vise shoe to 17 3/4” but then I found a note that said you could leave more material if you account for the end piece. Since that is 3” the recess is 3” shorter?? The magic marker line on the bottom is at 18”, second image shows the vise moved back for the 3” head piece.
The second question is how close to where the top plate of the shoe ends do I glue the doghole strip?
Thanks for any thoughts/pics. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!


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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 11:30 PM

I just got mine in the mail today so I am probably no help, but I will be watching this thread to see how it is done as well. Hopefully it came with instructions.

-- Brian Noel

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Belg1960

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 11:39 PM

Brian, here is a great set of instructions from their website. http://benchcrafted.com/PDF%20Files/BC_TailVise_Install_Instructions_Templates_Aug2014.pdf

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 01:05 AM



Brian, here is a great set of instructions from their website. http://benchcrafted.com/PDF%20Files/BC_TailVise_Install_Instructions_Templates_Aug2014.pdf

- Belg1960

Yep, came here to say this. I used the instructions in the PDF to build my bench. Worked like a charm.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 06:14 PM

I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking.

It’s been awhile since I built my bench, but looking over the instructions again they say the Guide Rails are 18” long.

So 17-3/4” is routed out of the underside of the benchtop, and 1/4” of the guide rails are notched into the end cap.

Earlier in the instructions:
With a 3” wide end cap, the length of the cavity from the inside of the end cap shouldn’t be less than
13-7/8”. For maximum vise capacity, the slot portion of the cavity can be up to 17-3/4” long. This will allow
the most travel of the sliding plate assembly.

Did any of that answer your question?

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. - http://honeydowoodworking.blogspot.com

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Richard H

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 06:49 PM

I just got finished a couple weeks ago installing one of these. One thing I noticed right away is I lined the rails up with were the dog hole strip starts where you have them set back a bit.

I double checked and the dimensions I have are.

End Cap: 2 7/8” thick
End Cap to Dog hole strip: 17”
Vise Screw opening: 14”

My vise extends all the way to the end of the thread with those measurements. I don’t think the Vise Screw Opening of 14” is that critical as long as it’s not any shorter based on end cap thickness. It can be a little longer up to square with the dog hole strip but for me that was the smallest it could be and still let the vise have max travel.

The rails are 18” long so 1” of the rails goes into the end cap meaning one of the screws is in the end cap and the other two are on the top.

Hope this helps,

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 11:50 PM

Guys, between the two of you both my questions were answered thank you so much. One last question did either of you add the tenon on the end or did you lag the cap onto the bench?
Rich, how about a pic or two of your bench, Love seeing a new bench.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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bearkatwood

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#7 posted 12-24-2015 01:12 AM

I will be starting my bench build hopefully sometime next week. I am just finishing up my tool cabinet build. If you haven’t been following along i have been blogging about it daily.
http://lumberjocks.com/bearkatwood/blog/73186

When I start my bench I will be sure to pay attention to the technical aspects of the build so I can relate it, sorry belg1960 I wasn’t two weeks ahead of you.

-- Brian Noel

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Richard H

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#8 posted 12-24-2015 03:46 PM

Mine is a split top so I did a dovetail plus tenon with bed bolts per the Benchcrafted plans. Even if you use lag screws I(I probably would if I was doing it again as bed bolts are a pain) I would suggest a tenon on both sides of the wagon vise or a tenon and dovetail as Benchcrafted recommends for alignment and to minimize bowing of the top around the vise.

I am going back and forth on what finish I want to add to the bench if any before I post pictures. It’s functionally complete except for some cleanup of marks and whatever finish I decide on so hopefully soon I’ll have some pictures posted. It’s a joy to work on.

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