As a quick side note, I thought I would post a quick picture of the coach screws and dome head bolts that I used for this project, for reference:
While it is initially intimidating, fitting the vice to the bench is a relatively straightforward process. I know that a number of people have written about using a support to clamp in the jaws of the vice so that it sits at the correct height, but I have to be honest and say I cheated and asked for a helping pair of hands to hold the vice in place while I bolted it to the bench. For fitting the vice, I used 3″ M8 coach screws to fix through the jaw of the vice, through the apron and into the bench top itself. I also used 2 1/2″ M10 Coach Screws to fix the casting to the underneath of the bench top.
Because the casting of the rear vice jaw is out of square, I had to use a combination of washers to pack the space between the vice body and the underside of the bench-top. I just used whichever washers I had to hand and played around with combinations of thick washers and thin washers to get the fit just right.
So with the vice secrurely fastened to the bench, the next step was to install some jaw liners to the vice. I happened to have some old Oak floor boards in the garage that I had been given around a year ago. Until this point I had not intended using them in the bench build, but seeing as they were there, I thought, “why not, eh?” Because they were to be used as flooring, they had tongue and groove moulded into their edges. Step one was to remove this using my handy Stanley No4.
After removing tongue and groove profile, I cut the first jaw liner to length. The jaws on the vice are 9 1/16″ long, so I opted to make the liner overhang the jaws by 1 1/2″ on either side, totalling 12 1/16″ in length.
After cutting the second Jaw Liner to size, I prepared two “spacer blocks” that would be affixed to the bench apron just either side of the rear vice jaw. This would then allow the rear jaw liner to be fixed to these blocks instead of using the holes provided in the rear jaw itself.
To make sure that the rear jaw liner was positioned correctly, I used the same method as described by Paul Sellers in his blog. Place the liners between the jaws of the vice and then tighten the vice so that the bolts that sit against the rear jaw creating an impression on the rear jaw liner. These impressions can then be used to locate some recesses that will allow the liner to sit flush with the jaw of the vice.
With both jaws lined up, marked and planed to the level I wanted, all that was left to do was to fit them to the vice/bench using the appropriate screws.
With the vice and Jaw Liners fitted, the bench is functioning and fully able to be used to work wood. In my next post about the bench I will cover adding the central insert to the workbench. You can read this article Here.
**Addition: After a year of use, the jaw liners and vice have worked just fine without any issues. It has been extremely solid and a great help to my woodworking.
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