A while back I designed and
built a new vise clamp for sharpening saws. It is intended
specifically to mount in a standard wood working vise.
I like it so much that for most full size saws,
it has replaced my Disston 3D vises. The only problem is, winter
is coming on again here in Michigan and I donít have a wood
working vise in my basement utility room, where I actually do
most of my saw sharpening.
Disston vise clamps to a table which wonít easily support the
woodworking vise I plan to use. There is only one good solution,
build a new bench.
Below is the old Columbian vise I
want to use, shown in as found condition. It is a little dirty
and rusty right now but after cleanup and paint will suffice
The new bench design needs to
accommodate this vise. Also, the vise needs to fit in the
specific spot on a new bench. The bench must be portable and fit
the basement stairs. The overall dimensions are dictated at five
feet by two and half with a height of 30 inches to matches the
other table and desk in the room. All I need is some suitable
material to build it.
I was able to find some pretty good
clean Douglas Fir 4 x 4 stock, which is of course actually 3 Ĺ
by 3 Ĺ. I bought 5, 10 footers which should suffice with a
little left over. The 4 x 4 construction may be a little
overkill considering the primary use for the bench but it will
be fairly inexpensive and bring many of my favorite tools into
The top of the bench should end up
about 3 ľ thick and 13 Ĺ wide after surfacing. Below is the
material with two of the posts sawn in half using a Disston No.
7 - 7 point crosscut.
I have arranged the four pieces to get the
edge grain up and as many imperfections as possible down.
Hopefully that will reduce the work required to get the top to
look good. I will use the No. 4 plane and the No. 7 to true up
the inside surfaces for gluing.