Traversing in the 10 inch eclipse vise.

I couldn’t take it any more. Our ikea cutting board looks like a potato chip. So tonight I looked at my cut off pile and found a 24 inch southern yellow pine 2×12 cut off from the bench aprons. It’s been sitting for over a year and had cupped a little. I started on the bench top with the planing stop but then I thought, what the heck try the vise. Ohh what a joy. My bench is only 5 feet long, but it’s heavy. 5 inch thick 24 inch wide top with laminated 2x6s legs and 2×12 aprons front and back. This is one of those times when you realize all the work making a proper bench was worth it. AND THE VISE! I’m so glad I went with the ten inch. It’s massive and has a huge depth. The leather on the jaws held the wood solid and I just went to town. 5 minutes and I had it flat and all the machine marks out. If you are thinking about a bench build, just do it. You won’t know what you’re missing or how much you struggle with work holding until you have one. It so hard to realize, but my bench and vise are probably my first and second most important hand tools. 

Soon to be a cutting board. Oh yeah, I put trewax on this plane after scrubbing off all the rust and sharpening the blade. We’ll see how much rust protection I get. It took me longer to clean the plane than to flatten the board, man I love my vise.
Thanks for reading.

Chris

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About senrabc

Hi, this is not really about anything. Just me testing the intertubes with my own random meanderings and thoughts. Ostensibly, big word, I’m using this site as my personal log of sorts. I’m a random guy with 4 kids and a beautiful wife living in sunny Florida. Pardon the gratuitous posts with pictures of cute kids. I have an iPhone and can’t help myself. My day job is working in the area of informatics at the University of Florida where I like the shell. Oh, yeah and incase you can’t tell I like woodworking with handtools. Goes along with my command line philosophy 😉 Thanks for reading. Christopher P. Barnes
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2 Responses to Traversing in the 10 inch eclipse vise.

  1. HI Chris
    Yes, a solid stout and sturdy bench is like a god send. Ever try to plane a piece of wood secured only on a B&D Workmate? Its no fun to walk around the shop with it, trying to plane 🙂
    Everytimes I see a video of someone doing an operation on the bench, I always look to see racking or flexing, which I see way to many times.
    Stout and heavy is our friend for sure!
    Bob, who likes to obverbuild everything 🙂

    • senrabc says:

      My workmate was my first bench with a vise 🙂 it’s hard to believe I’ve come this far. Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by and checking mine out. Take Care, Chris

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