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WOO-HOO !! It's done !!

I think the installation of the vise may have taken as long as the entire rest of the build did.

Odd, huh ?

According to the instructions, I still need to plane a 4 degree slant in the outside face of the vise, to ensure clamping power is at the top of the faces. Not sure how big a deal this is, but … it won't change the appearance, anyway :)

I don't think I'll be putting any finish on it-at least not now. Kind of like the look of the raw wood.

DETAILS:

.....The front apron is 3/4" QSWO.
.....The vise jaw faces are Hard Maple.
.....The bench top and base are BORG Doug Fir (2×8s)
.....M&T joinery on the base. Nuts and lag bolts hold the front apron in, to prevent racking, and allow future tightening.
.....The funny looking guy in the Ridgid do-rag … is me ;-)

I probably came in at nearly $200, including the Lee Valley hardware in the pics, but … that's likely because I bought a BIG board of the Maple, so … factor in only the bit I used, and … probably WAS $175-a steal !

I don't have the vise faces perfectly flush to the top … yet, but will. I started taking them down with my one and only hand plane-my first real shot at planing.

Turns out … I LIKE planing ! It was very cool seeing the curly-q's falling off the plane ! The face vise will be very useful for that, I'm sure.

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In this one, you can see the "support collets" that required the 2-5/16" counter-bore. The Forstner bit-of course-worked perfectly :)


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Nice bunch and vice setup man! I need to put one of those on my router table.
 

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Wauuuu Niel,
You have done it! And it's so cool.
Made a wonderful workbench, and I can see on your wonderful smile that you are as pleased as my eyes.
Congratulations, hope it will be your best mate for years and years.
Thank you for sharing this with us (the blog).
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Good job. Now you get to scuff it up with projects.
 

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that's what happens
when you keep after a project

you wind up
in a better place

i guess you are going to sell
all the power tools now

and buy hand planes ? lol
 

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Awesome job. Looks like the perfect size. I'm looking forward to the day when I can use a bench with bench dogs. Which makes me think…are you going to add dogs to the vise and perpendicular to it on the bench? I haven't been following this build closely…did you mention what plane you used? I'm just beginning to appreciate hand planes.
 

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Hey its done! now lets get to cluttering that bench up with some tools. :) Great job Neil, the look on your face is pure satisfaction and it should be!
 

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Congrats Neil! Wishing you many years of great service from your new bench.
 

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Very nice bench! I like the natural look as well but it will become stained before long. Great job!
 

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Nice!!!!! Maybe consider just danish oil or some such thing to help preserve?
 

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That came out great Neil.
You can sure be proud of that bench and I bet it gives you years and years of reliable service.
Time very well spent !
 

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ahhhhh this is fantastic…the very pleased look of satisfaction and a wonderful looking bench…great vice..its sure looks sturdy , congrats on a fine job …cant wait for you to find the joy of working on it,,,and the use of a vice comes in so handy…ive got to do the deed of boring some holes into mine…thats a toughie maybe if i close my eyes and just look away…lol…..you did a great job…bob
 

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How's that no racking vise work? I thought about using it, but decided to go with the smaller.

Nice bench!
 

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Well done. I am inspired to move foward with a bench sometime in the near or far future.
 

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woops…wrong place.
 

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Neil, Congratulations on a wonderful new tool!
thanks also for the details on the vise and installation, need to get started on my bench and was wondering about the vise… Big decision!
 

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Now its time to make it dirty :)

a clean bench is an idle craftsman, they are like dogs, faithful and unfailing but if nothing is put into the dog, nothing is returned. ( get it ? bench dog?) :) Punish it when it needs it, reward it when it deserves it and the rewards are yours alone.

I wonder if the supreme court,.......if the "bench" they sit at and rule at, didnt get the name the "bench" if way back deep into the middle ages, around the knights of the round table, all of them were joiners. The "Bench".

So Like I said.

Time to get it dirty.

Like a dog.
 
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