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Forum topic by jeth posted 08-02-2011 05:45 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2011 05:45 AM

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Hi all, Come back round to thinking about my bench design these past days as I hope to be in a position to actually build the thing before too long.
I want a wagon vise and as benchcrafted costs 3x my bench budget it will be a homebrew.

My bench design is based around the Holtzapffel with a laminated top and before considering the wagon vise I had not planned on adding end caps, though it seems the wagon vise will make some kind of extra support necessary for the end grain where the vise screw is fixed to the bench.
My question is if it folks think that a partial end cap could work. By partial I mean I would leave the laminations either side of the wagon “channel” short, and place a bolted end cap/block (with oversize holes to allow for movement) into this space. So the “cap” would be more of a “plug” say 6” long at most. I guess that with time and seasonal movement the seams where this board meets with the laminations either side could show a little gap, but thats no big deal. What i would like someone more knowledgable than me to confirm is if there could be any real problem caused by this set up and if it will be enough to strengthen the end of the bench for the vise screw without spanning the entire end with a cap.

Finally, “why?” I am sure some are asking, just one of those unavoidable unfounded preferences, don’t know why but I like the look of the laminated top without a cap :)

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 01:00 AM

Nobody got any comments? If the problem is that I have failed to explain myself (wouldn’t be unusual) then I could sketch it up…

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