Vise rehab #2: The other jaw done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-28-2018 05:32 PM 577 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally got a day to finish the vise rehab…had to tear out the old. First, the moving part was removed…

And set aside…which left this..

Layer of Pine. I had chopped out a place for the vise to sit behind….screws holding it in place were all buggered up..
Chisel to split off the “veneer”, and a pair of Visegrips to remove the screws…right into a trashcan. Was able to remove the two lags from under the vise…and set them aside…with the metal part of the vise..

I can reuse those. Which left the end cap of the bench…

Hmm, handsome, ain’t it? Again, had to split the board to get to the screws….although some were able to be removed with the drill/driver. Laid out where the vise would go…and where to notch for other things…like the back of the bench ( plywood panel) and for the floor of the tool well…notches made….needed a rebate for the vise to sit in.

Then a test fit..

Close enough…will cover this will a layer of cork..once the cork arrives…
Then the install…had to drill pilot holes for the two lags..twice ( first were too small..)then find a socket and a breaker bar to drive the lags down tight….Then slip this mess into place….one countersunk 3” screw into a leg on the bench

Check for flush to the top of the bench… another….repeat until 4 screws are in…then add the rest of the new screws…

There is even a pair of #12 screws through the face of the vise, and into the new end cap…then the fun began..

Placed this heavy thing into the rest of the vise…cranked it down as tight as it would go….had a high spot to sand flat….then re check the fit. Could have planed it flat, but, metal and planes don’t play nice with each other…

While I had that beltsander handy….the chop on the leg vise needed to be lowered….then all the new/bare wood got a coat of BLO….

Let that smelly stuff sit a few days….then laid out for the dog holes, again…

Drill was set up..

Bit is a #13, drill is a #8012 Pexto. 12” sweep, will give you a decent Cardio Workout….wasn’t going all that deep, either..

Made a pair of Long Dogs for use in the bench….and a pair of short dogs for the vise…

All got a notch….figure the short ones will hold well enough. I can turn the dog around, if the board is a tad short

They held that piece of scrap Ash well enough the plane could do it’s thing….

Have been SLOWLY adding a couple more dog holes to the vise….may have another 3-5 years of use…

Thanks for looking in..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 06:02 PM

Looks like a great improvement. Your bench really earns its keep.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 12-28-2018 07:20 PM

Just like a New Bench again! Think I have that same Belt Sander, borrowed it to the neighbour awhile back but he actually returned it:(

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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