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!


About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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