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Moravian workbench build #11: The leg vise is now functional

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 02-02-2021 02:20 PM 900 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Top not square to the legs now Part 11 of Moravian workbench build series Part 12: Tool tray »

Step one is the backstop to receive the Maple screw bought from Lake Erie Tool and mortice it into the stretcher and bench top.

With that done I am ready to start on the vice chop.

Although it was tempting to just go buy a big hole saw I decided to stay old school on cutting the hole in a 8/4 white oak board. I did resort to using my jointer and planer to dimension the rough stock.

I had not utilized my band saw yet so I used it to make the angle tapers on the lower portion of the chop. I just didn’t have it in me to do all that handsaw work a foot away from my bandsaw. Hand tool build had entered the hybrid zone.

Being new to band saw work I needed to fine tune a bit but made it workout. Next up the parallel guide. After fitting and gluing square in both axis to the chop face it was time to drill the holes in the guide. Man that’s a lot of holes so I broke that up into two nights work.

I morticed the nut for the vise into the back of the leg only to discover that it is nearly impossible to source slotted wood screws these days. This brings back memories of when I was a child when the Philips screw head was the rarity and you had to search for one of those funky screwdrivers because flat was all you had. I wanted to have a period correct look but Phillips head it is until can harvest some from other projects.

I cut the mortice to receive the garter that holds the vise chop to the end of the screw and located a cherry scrap to make the garter out of. After that I needed to round over the rear top of the chop to make it look nice. Nothing much left but to get some Danish oil and wax the threads.

It is so nice to have a quality vise to hold work. Using clamps to get by it has been a constant battle of I need a workbench to build a workbench. Thanks for following along. Next up is the tool tray.



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 02-02-2021 02:33 PM

Looks great, congrats on the build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 02-02-2021 02:47 PM

Awesome! I remember when I got the leg vise on my bench, and it was such an amazing improvement over my workmate (which is all I had before that)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 02-02-2021 04:38 PM

This is coming together so nice, you are doing an awesome job.

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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#4 posted 02-02-2021 07:17 PM

CF, what she slotted screws do you need. I have access to quite a variety. Just need size and length. I assume you want flat head. Let me know.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 02-02-2021 07:39 PM



CF, what she slotted screws do you need. I have access to quite a variety. Just need size and length. I assume you want flat head. Let me know.

- theoldfart


Thanks Kevin, I was planning on raiding old old furniture on the roadside. The entire build only takes four screws. The two on the vise nut are either 4” or 4 1/2” (I can’t remember the size but maybe a 10 or 12) the two for the tool tray will be going through some 7/8” pine. I thought not big deal I will just get them on amazon big even after checking some search boxes it kept wanting to give anything but slotted.

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#6 posted 02-02-2021 07:59 PM

I have vintage new old stock in 10’s and 12’s but the longest are 3” or so.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 02-03-2021 08:58 PM

Excellent progress with your workbench.
Will Meyers wrote:
“The ends of the rim are supported by one screw at the front edge, [...].”
I must say I don’t visualise where those screws are. They are not visible in the old WK fine tools article.

I have no nostalgia when it comes to screws heads. I will use Torx head screws where available. That is the best system I have ever used.
Otherwise I like solid wood furniture and I use hand tools only.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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controlfreak

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#8 posted 02-04-2021 02:12 PM

Will Meyers wrote:
“The ends of the rim are supported by one screw at the front edge, [...].”
I must say I don t visualize where those screws are. They are not visible in the old WK fine tools article.

- Sylvain


Two long screws hold one end of the vise screw nut on the back side of the back stop. The other two screws go into the front side of the tool tray where it meets the benchtop. The sides and rear edges have dovetail joints but the front side is floating and needs support help from the screws. They are not very long, maybe about two inches at most.

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#9 posted 03-05-2021 12:57 AM

Very excellent blog! Thanks for all of your shared details and challenges during your build.

-- AJ

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