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  • #55001
    David R.
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    I need some help on fitting the vise. I don’t know about the vintage Record ones, since I got the remake model 53ED from http://www.fine-tools.com/schraub.htm which may differ.
    The installation manual (http://www.fine-tools.com/G307781.htm) suggests to use lag screws for the inner holes, but that would be right in the front apron and I have no idea how this should be possible. I follow the instructions in Paul’s book, and I think he only uses two lag screws for the outer holes. Should that be enough? Could I use two bolts through holes drilled through the top and sink them? Any suggestions, recommendations and personal experiences how you installed your vise would be highly appreciated. Thanks.

    David

    from Germany

    #55209
    bertd
    Participant

    Hi David,

    I have the same make of vise ( 52 1/2 from fine tools) and I think that I’ve bolted the vise in the apron as the manual requested. It’s been more than a year ago when I built my bench.
    I’ll try to check it tonight. I’ve certainly bolted the vise on the underside of the benchtop with two heavy bolts.

    #56043
    BarryB
    Participant

    Hi David, when i mounted mine i used only the 2 rear lag screws on the bottom. I then used the 2 holes on the rear jaw of the vise (used to mount the liner) and counter sunk them in the liner and through into the apron. Just like it says to mount the rear liner in the instructions Rock solid!

    New Brunswick, Canada

    #56049
    David R.
    Participant

    @Bert: I wonder how you managed to get to the holes; mine are completely hidden by the apron. I made the cut-out tight. Maybe I could clear the section below the holes.



    @Barry
    : Screwing through the rear jaw is a good idea. I think I can bolt down the back holes (which are only half holes, open to the far end) fine, but I was a bit apprehensive, lest the screws might loosen and the whole vice drop out eventually. Screwing through the jaw should make this impossible.

    I’ll keep you updated when I have it installed. Thanks

    David

    from Germany

    #56050
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    I too mounted mine with 2 lag screws up thru the bottom plate at the rear. 2 long screws thru the rear jaw plate. I also had 2 bolt holes hidden inside the apron so they were unusable. I have been using my vise for well over a year and it is still solid as the day I first installed it.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #56105
    David R.
    Participant

    I made a template for the vise cut-out and used auger bits since I have no keyhole saw. It caused a bit of break out, but not so much. The spacer board is from oak.

    – to be continued –

    from Germany

    #56110
    David R.
    Participant

    The cut-out doesn’t look very pretty, but it the fit is snug and the vise feels solid. I can clamp up to about 35cm after attaching wooden protection to the jaws.

    – to be continued –

    from Germany

    #56114
    David R.
    Participant

    I wound up using two 10mm bolts through the table top.

    – to be continued –

    from Germany

    #56119
    David R.
    Participant

    I closed the holes using about 1/2″ wood plugs I cut from a board with saw, chisel and rasp.

    – to be continued –

    from Germany

    #56124
    David R.
    Participant

    (the order of images may be reversed)

    The bench before applying the finish. I used soldier blue milk paint, two coats, the top got an extra coat. The half painted picture is during application of shellac. I applied three coats to the top, two for the rest. Finally I applied a good coat of wax polish with steel wool and buffed it of with a rag.

    – to be continued –

    from Germany

    #56129
    David R.
    Participant

    I’m not sure why the paint turned out so splodgy, maybe I should have taken of more with the steel wool before applying shellac.

    Anyway I was happy to finish the bench today and I’m looking forward to using it. I already think about drawers, a bottom board, and so on. But that’s another project.

    Thanks everyone for their help and encouragement. And for everyone still planning or working on their bench: If I can make it, you can too.

    David

    from Germany

    #56134
    NikonD80
    Participant

    That’s a really nice job you’ve made of that bench. I hope you have many years of pleasure using it.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

    #56138

    Congrats with your new bench David)) Very good job) new colour for my eyes))

    Toronto, Canada

    #56140
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    Fantastic work David. I really like the clean and bright effect of the paint colors.

    I do have one area of concern and that is paint transfer from the top to your work pieces. I would try a few sample pieces under normal operations to see if they pick up any of the color from the top. There may be a reason none of the benches Paul shows in his shop have to top surfaces painted.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #56141
    David R.
    Participant

    Greg,

    thanks for your thoughts on the paint. I can’t really see how the shellac coated paint might be transfered to work pieces though. Using only milk paint or some other paint, I understand that this could happen.

    Also, isn’t @Paul‘s bench top painted brown? You can see the lighter color of the wood where the saw cut into his table top or where there are any marks. But maybe I am mistaken.

    David

    from Germany

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