Moravian Workbench #3: Setting up the Vise Part 2: The parallel guide

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Blog entry by Tom posted 09-11-2019 08:40 PM 433 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The parallel guide is the part at the bottom of the vise that has a pin inserted to lever against. The guide is made of oak that is 7/8” x 2” and 16” long. The guide slides in a mortise cut into the vise support board between the stretcher and the workbench top.

The guide is mortise and tenoned into the vise chop at the school, but it is not assembled until you get home to make it easier to transport. The mortise is 1-1/2” x 7/8”. This allows 1/4” shoulders on the top and bottom of the parallel guide.

The first step is to bore the 3/8” holes for the vise pin. The holes start 1/2” from the rear face of the vise chop and alternate every 1/2” top and bottom. The pin was a bit snug so I rasped out the holes a bit.

Next I glued and wedged the guide into the vise chop.

Now the vise can be mounted effectively onto the workbench and the vise nut can be centered and attached with two wood screws to the back of the vise support board as shown.

Now just mark and cut off the vise chop even with the top of the workbench. It can be rounded over with a hand plane.

Now it is a working vise!

-- Tom

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