Workbench Build #11: Wagon Vise Install

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 12-03-2014 05:37 AM 3174 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: More on the vise end cap Part 11 of Workbench Build series Part 12: The Other End Cap »

With the end cap being fitted and condor tail joinery cut, the next step was to start the process of fitting the wagon vise.

First step: excavate the cavity where the screw/traveller will sit. I fit the edge guide attachment to my router base and adjusted it to my layout:

A bunch of sawdust later, there is a cavity for the traveller:

I really should move my oil rag can somewhere it won’t be a dust collector :-)

Put the end cap back on to see how it looks from the other side:

Oops! This is where re-reading the instructions and checking my layout assumptions would have helped. The end tongue and consequent mortise in the end cap is too long. I may end up having to glue a small block in the hole as there is a bolt going in that area.

Once I lined everything up again, I laid out for the bolts to hold the end cap in place. Nothing fancy, just 6” long cap screws set into a counterbore:

To get access to the other end of the bolt, I put in 1 1/2” wide, 2 1/2” deep mortises where the bolts end. Used the clamp guide and corresponding router base to make sure they lined up.

Laid out all the vise hardware to see how it looks/fits:

I can’t complete the vise install just yet. I need to install the other end cap and get the front board glued on before I can cut the grooves for the tracks.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 07:48 AM

Mark, your shop looks suspiciously clean for such a good build :-)

Great job, can’t wait to see this work bench done and in action!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 01:09 PM

This is gonna be a beast!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 04:20 PM

Looking great, I don’t see any mistakes! :)

Oh, I thought your oil can was for chips…I’ve discovered an empty 5 gallon bucket is handy to keep at one end of the bench! Gravity sucks…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Mark Kornell

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 05:46 PM

Yuri, it only looks clean because of the Photoshop “vacuum cleaner” effect. ☺

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 06:44 AM

Your floor looks identical to the one in my last shop…plywood…but cleaner.
Great build. I’ve been watching. One day, I’ll start mine.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Mark Kornell

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 06:47 AM

Yup, plywood. Over a Dricore subfloor. Quick to install and far easier on the knees than concrete.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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