Here are the vise components all
cleaned up and painted. I have also got the bench top nearly
done. The vise housing is pocketed into the top and fastened. In
order to not compromise the main purpose for this bench, I
decided to stick with my original thinking and put the vise in
The work will be centered at the front with all my sharpening
tools behind, in easy reach. I still need to build a lower shelf
and the tool tray but first I will finish up the vise and add an
apron to the front of the bench top. With that done I will be
able to actually use the bench and vise to help make the rest of
Picture below shows the oak apron in place and I have added a 16
inch long oak jaw insert to the outer vise jaw. Because the main
vise body is pocketed, the oak apron covers the inner vise jaw.
Anything clamped in the vise is contacted by wood only. The
apron and vise are square to the top surface and they have been
planed flush. The jaw insert and apron are screwed in place only
so they may be replaced easily and to keep the vise serviceable.
This arrangement is very handy for holding work pieces at ninety
degrees to each other, one in the vise and the other on the
bench top; which is exactly how I bored the mortise and tenon
joints for the stretcher bolts.
Below I have two boards clamped in the vise for jointing with
the number 7. After jointing the mating edges I used a Stanley
number 48 plane to tongue and groove them. These two boards and
one more will become one for the bottom of the tray. The lower
shelf boards will also be tongue and groove joined.