Is it a vice to want a nice vise?

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Coming along nicely.

If you have not already done this you might want to think about cushioning the vise handle when it slides thru the casting. On my first vise I did not think it was necessary, then one afternoon I let the handle free fall through the casting. Imagine my surprise when it kept right on going clear to the floor after it split the maple. I tried o-rings on the next handle, they were ok but I found some of those small felt dots and that seems to work real well.
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That looks GREAT!! Think outside the box...

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TReischl wrote:Coming along nicely.

If you have not already done this you might want to think about cushioning the vise handle when it slides thru the casting. On my first vise I did not think it was necessary, then one afternoon I let the handle free fall through the casting. Imagine my surprise when it kept right on going clear to the floor after it split the maple. I tried o-rings on the next handle, they were ok but I found some of those small felt dots and that seems to work real well.
That's a really good point. While looking through pictures of vise handles I saw the O-rings on more than one. I also had that happen on my tool bench vise. First time I just re-glued it. Second time drill the whole deeper and re-glue. Third time add a screw. 4th time started over and decided to Thread on 2 nuts!
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Haha, it's still fine after a year!

This one is glued and pinned on, but I didn't do the other end yet so I will definitely add a shock absorber.

Scott and gkas, Thanks as always for your kind words and encouragement!
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Happy New Year to you! First post of 2020.

I prepared the legs for my new bench using the new tail vise and it was great even with the top sitting on top of the old wobbly bench.

After cutting and laminating the two boards for each leg, cutting a tenon for the top, chamfering the bottom and adding 3 mortises to each leg, it was time to remove the tail vise and flip over the bench and work on the leg assembly. All in all, 16 mortise and tenons. Almost all the tenons cut by hand. I used a workbench top that my uncle had made out of Doug fir for the legs and stretchers. It’s probably over 75 years old. Doing my part to recycle it. And as I said the maple top is also recycled.

Ran out of good sections as I was getting to the front lower stretcher. So I went to the pile and found a 2x6 I purchsed years ago and ripped it down to 4.5” wide. Its aged for sure, but not the same patina as the rest of the leg assembly. And I had this vision of Celtic weaves and my winter tree dancing around in my brain, so it had to come out of my head.

Now this is not fine furniture for sure, but something I’ll be happy to look at for a long time. And, you know, I kinda like the knots.

I’m going back now to finish the last 2 tenons. Then I have a lot of draw boring to do as well as attaching the front vise.

Thanks for looking!
Left side
Left side
Winter Tree center
Winter Tree center
Right side
Right side
Fitted. Upside down for now until I flip it.
Fitted. Upside down for now until I flip it.
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Very nice work

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That's coming along quite nicely...

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Looking GOOD Bill!! :)
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Thanks a bunch! Got the last piece fitted. Time to clean up all the saw dust and shavings, we’re putting a bench together!
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This thread reminded me of something from my first year of teaching metal shop. The high school vice principal would come around to each teacher and ask if they had any news items for the daily bulletin. I told him that I have a new vice. He looked at my very strangely, didn't say a word and walked away. :)

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Lol, Phil! Hahaha.
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If you have a nice tail vise and a perfectly functional quick release front vise, you should be pretty happy, right?

Not me.

Here’s my functional front vise:
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Functional
And here’s the trouble aspire can cause me:
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That same spalted sugar maple. This is an inlay.

I’ll post one last time once I get the whole bench oiled. It’s pretty much done now.
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nice work...
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Beautiful piece of art, I'd be afraid to use it!!!

Thanks for sharing...
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NICE Touch Bill!
(although I keep looking at the wood behind it as well :) )
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highpockets wrote:Beautiful piece of art, I'd be afraid to use it!!!

Thanks for sharing...
Thankful for tight photography shots. You should see what the rest of the bench looks like now. Will have to clean and give it a final light scrape before oiling.
scottp55 wrote:NICE Touch Bill!
(although I keep looking at the wood behind it as well :) )
The wood behind the wood, also maple and also a piece from Maine that was in the truck bed. The piece behind that (jaw face) is one I had in the shop.
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