stevenbunn Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:41
Front view of the moving jaw
Front Jaw Construction
This photo of the front jaw shows the rounded profile easing the jaw's outer edges. It also shows the location of the 1-1/4 inch diameter hole in which the bench screw seats. The garter slot cut in the bottom edge of the work-piece can be seen as well. As you can clearly see, I let a flat face on the jaw's top around the mortise drilled for the round shaft of the plastic bench-dog. The hole for the bench screw is centered in the length of the jaw and up 1-5/8 inch from the bottom edge. The block which forms the moving front jaw of the vise is to small to safely rout free hand. I cut mitered faces on the ends of the jaw using my table-saw and miter fence. Then I used a file and a spokeshave to round over the flat facets creating the curved profile you see here. I used the spokeshave again to form the interrupted curve on the top edge of the block.