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Forum topic by Dan Wolfgang posted 03-02-2017 05:09 PM 988 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Wolfgang

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03-02-2017 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question workbench vise leg vise

I’m building a Benchcrafted-ish workbench and am now thinking about the leg vise. I’ve got a nice big piece of hard maple for it, just over 2.5” thick. I’m wondering how to cut it to shape. I like Benchcrafted’s design with the curve as it gets towards the top, but I don’t know how to cut that curve. I don’t have access to a band saw or a spindle sander. I’d use the coping saw to cut a curve normally, but at 2.5” thick I wonder if that would take me, like, a year to do. How else can I cut it?

I’m wondering if I’ll just lean towards a straight taper, simply because I can do that…


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 05:28 PM

Wow, Dan … six of one half a dozen of the other! The straight taper is nice, and easy as you say. I like this shape … and YES, I’d use a coping saw!
 

 
... my poor old leg vice is but 3-1/2” wide straight down!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 05:32 PM

Handsaw or coping saw to get most of the waste out.

Block plane skewed to refine it.

Rasp and/or files to clean it up. Or sand paper.

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2017 08:00 PM

Could also use a jig saw.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 08:52 PM

If you cant bandsaw that and you dont have one of those old timey Roy Underhill type bow saws, then i would be practical. There is no function to the curve. Cut a taper and be done.

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 09:59 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest you’re looking to the Gallery to let you off the hook. :-) Well, I won’t be an enabler to shortcuts. Get a new blade for your coping saw and get busy. You’re a woodworker, right? Then work the wood! It’ll be a source of quiet pride afterward, knowing what you did to get it done the way you wanted it done all along.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Dan Wolfgang

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#6 posted 03-03-2017 01:59 AM

Thanks for the feedback, all. I’m glad to hear the coping saw is what others would use. I was concerned the thick slab would make it horrible, but if others would attack it that way, that’s what I’ll do!

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#7 posted 03-03-2017 02:14 AM

It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be close enough to clean up.

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

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