Leg Vise and Parallel Guide

I got to work on the leg vise today and started by laying out the holes in the parallel guide.   The parallel guide will sit at the bottom of the leg vise chop and keep the chop parallel to the left front leg of the vise.

The hole lay out was done using the template from Benchcraft and the tip of my brad point drill bit.

Once the holes were drilled, I chamfered the hole edges.

Then I cut out the shape of the parallel guide tail shape on the band saw.

The final guide after inserting into the chop.

Now I need to shape the chop.

Drilling holes in the workbench legs

Over the weekend, I finished up my tenons and got many of the holes drilled into the legs. 

The first set of holes will allow me to draw bore the short rails (stretchers) that span the width of the workbench.  The second set of holes are for the Benchcraft barrel nuts/bolts for the long rail across the front and back of the bench.  By using the bolts, I will be able to break down my bench should I ever need to move it.  The top will come off and the sides will separate from the long stretchers.

Question – My drill press was not able to completely bore the 3/4″ front holes through the legs so I used my brace to finish them up.  When I backed the brace up, the brace head would loosen and the bit would pull out.  I could only make one or two turns before the head of the brace would loosen and I’d have to re-tighten it. 

Is there something worn on the brace or was my technique in correct?  Has this ever happened to you?


So here’s what’s up next.  the parallel guide.  I figure that if Marc Spagnuolo can have flames on his table saw, I can have flames on my parallel guide.  Wood is Movingui.

Tool Cabinet interruption – Workbench stock break down

Today I interrupted my tool cabinet making to break down the stock for my workbench base that I’ll be building as part of the workbench guild build.  My workbench top is already complete so I won’t be making that part.

I really don’t like cutting 8/4 stock on the table saw.  It always feels kinda scary so I used my track saw to cut a straight edge and then crosscut to rough dimensions.  This is an idea I stole from watching some of Marc’s Usteam.

So here’s the pile of Western (soft) maple all cut so that I can tuck it away in the shop until the guild build is in full swing (January).