My First Workbench #25: Leg Vise shaping part 2

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 10-10-2012 12:09 PM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got back to work shaping the chop for my leg vise today. I have had one too many instances of thinking, “mam, this would be a lot easier if I had that vise done…” on various projects in the last fee weeks. Right! Time to get to work!

I spent about 45 minutes paring away the side today trying to match the bevel and shap of the first side I did a while ago.

I think it came out pretty good…

And here it is from a different angle.

Not much to tell about it really—-just clamped it to the bench and had at it with chisels and rubber mallet. Slowly the waste came off to the point the block plane became effective.

Last thing I did was to chamfer the upper edges of the chop with the block plane. You can see the results (very slightly) in the above photo. I will apply another bevel along the endgrain…maybe to match the sides or maybe not…either way, its almost time for the decorative carving I’m planning, then installation!

The pictures can be seen here.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 12:07 PM

Looks good Steve, I hope the fir chop doesn’t flex too much. And let me shamelessly tell the new readers about the chain leg vise, it can be found here click on the heading on the top tool bar. Good luck on the bench build. I’ll watch your progress.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 12:20 AM

Ha! I do too. No worries about a plug, the chain leg vise was what got me started down the dark path of non-traditional vise construction! I saw that then branched all over the place before I settled on my design….

-- Steve

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 01:26 AM

Thanks Steve, feel free to ask any questions if you need to. As I said I’ll be following your progress.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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