The profile the customer had selected to match the rest of the vise chops on his bench was a big honkin’ round-over profile. The through holes for the screws ended up closer to the ends of the chop than originally planned, overlapping the area that the profile was to be. After scratching my head, contemplating my options and thinking about the design, I sketched out the profile on the end of the chop. Then, I broke out the gouges.
It took me a while to rough it all in, but I think it was definitely worth the effort. The customer agreed that it looked good, and was fine with the change, so I went ahead with both ends and got them done. There was still a large chamfer to be made in-between the vise screws to allow for getting the saw closer to the work at an angle, so I stick the vise chop in the leg vise, and made some kerf cuts. Then, back to the gouges and a large flat chisel, followed by a spokeshave.
When it was all said and done, the vise took about twice as long as planned to build, due to the amount of slightly more tedious handwork involved(and my discovery that I need to replace a few gouges in my carving set), but the end result turned out great, and has me thinking about vise chops for my next bench.
The specs on the vise:
-38 1/2″ wide, clamping ear to clamping ear
-24 3/4″ between screws
-3+” clamping depth
– 5″ Table height
– Table legs housed in a 1/2″ deep dado
– 28″ x 30″ Table
– Table is removable
– Table in three sections, each replaceable if needed. (The first 5″ of the table is one section, very easily replaced, since that is where you would chop out the waste on your dovetails)