Moravian Workbench #2: Setting up the Vise Part 1: The garter

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Blog entry by Tom posted 09-11-2019 07:45 PM 1128 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The first thing that you probably want to do when you get home is set up the leg vise. A mortise needs to be cut in the side of the vise chop to insert a garter which is a piece of wood that fits into a groove at the vise hub. I laid out the mortise 7/8” from the face of the vice chop. The mortise is 3/8” wide and 1-1/2” long. It needs to be aligned with the center of the vise hole.

Then I chopped out the mortise with a 3/8” mortising chisel all the way through to the vise hole. The air dried oak cut beautifully with virtually no tear out.

Next I made the garter which is about 4” long and 3/8” x 1-1/2”. The radius in the end is 1” to fit against the groove in the vise hub.

Now the vise screw hub will be held in place when backing out the screw.

Next up will be setting up the parallel guide.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 01-14-2021 05:49 PM


This is only the second post but already I am seeing that it is going to be the perfect supplement to the video that Will and Josh Farnsworth (Wood and Shop) made.

-- G5Flyr

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#2 posted 01-14-2021 05:52 PM

G5Flyr – Glad you are enjoying it. It was one my favorite projects and very useful! :)

-- Tom

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