Installation and Plans
Soon there will be a link to a Sketchup library for these, as soon as my fantastic
Sketch-up artist is done with all the sets of plans.
While you can use round dowels, I find that the extra care taken when doing dovetailed runners provides a much smoother operating vise.
Centered Wagon Vise:
Top View after install
Front Apron RemovedDog block and nut assembly detail
Wagon Vise off-center:
An off center traveling dog-block is a compromise in having the force directly behind the dog, and ease of use.
The main difference from an installation standpoint it that your “Nut Extension blocks” will need to be mortised for the dovetail guides, rather than cut short to clear them.
Top view installedIntegral Parts DetailSide Apron removedFront Apron RemovedDog block and nut assemblyDovetail runners/guidesGang cut your dovetails for an accurate fit and smoother operationLeg Vise:
These two methods of connecting the nut to the bench leg are equally vailid. The dovetail method is a bit trickier , but very secure and will not require metal fasteners
The Mortise and Bolt on method allows for faster removal, if you are using the nut and screw for several different devices.
Traditional tail vise:
The Traditional tail vise is robust, versatile, and indispensable for many types of work. They have a few disadvantages, namely the sagging that occurs over the course of time, but this design combats that with the addition of carefully constructed guides that hold the entire length of the jaw in the same plane as the workbench.
Shoulder Vise: Coming Soon!
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