Workbench Day 24: Starting the leg vise.

Had to start sometime I guess!  I didn’t do a whole heck of a lot.  More like prep work, I figure.

First, I took my 1×6 plank of pine and cut two 36″ lengths.  The bench is just a hair over 36″ tall so the vise will be just off the floor.


Next, I drew out the design I wanted.  Nothing too fancy, just a slight curve (I drew it without a compass or round object) and a few straight lines.  I decided since I will be gluing the two boards together to make the chop, why not practice bevels by paring down the edge of the top board to 45*.   I used a trick I saw on am episode of The Woodwrights Shop and measured the thickness of the board (3/4″) in from the side.  By paring away to the line and the edge, I will make a perfect 45* bevel.   In theory.

Then I marked 12″ down from the top of the chop for the placement of the whole for the screw.I took some sage advice offered by David a while back and beefed up the hardware from a single 3/8″x10″ carriage bolt to a 5/8″ threaded rod that is 24″ long.  Only cost me $5 at the BORG!  Score!  Getting it to work and making the various parts…that will keep me up at night.

Anyway, with all the pencil work and planning put down, I glued the two sides and clamped it up.  So tomorrow I will have a proto-chop ready for shaping.  This I think, will be the easy part…

Can I just say how much fun (and how comfortable) it is working on something on the workbench I built from scratch?  So rewarding!  If I wasn’t hooked on woodworking before, I sure am now!

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About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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