Box Planing without a Vise

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  • #21718
    DeniseG
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    I’ve glued my dovetail box sides and I need a way to clamp or secure the box so that I can plane the sides. I don’t have a bench vice but I do have a variety of clamps. Can you give me some ideas on how to secure the box so that I can plane the long and short sides level and smooth?

    Thank you!

    i'd prefer to make it myself

    #21728
    David R.
    Participant

    Hey Denise,

    try to clamp the bottom side onto the bench and put some scrap wood between the top and bottom pieces to prevent the side you plane from bending. That’s what I did even though I have a vice, but it is not suited to fit a whole box in. Make sure to pad as necessary in order not to damage the inside of the box and don’t strain the sides. Hope this does make some sense.

    David

    from Germany

    #21729
    BarryB
    Participant

    Clamp 2 boards to the edge of a bench/table like in picture but have wood overhang edge of table so you can place your box on the overhanging wood.

    Clamp box to wood, from sides of course, as you’ll be planing the top. Hope this makes sense …

    Barry

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    New Brunswick, Canada

    #21730
    John Moore
    Participant

    Hello, Try taking a look at this video around the 6:23 mark(there a bouts). He shows planing the box without a vice. It might work for you as well. Use your clamps instead of the holdfast he does.

    Lakeland, Florida USA

    #21788
    DeniseG
    Participant

    Thanks guys. This was very helpful and my first box is officially done. It will hold a few of my prized tools and remind me of where I started for many years to come.

    i'd prefer to make it myself

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    George Bridgeman
    Participant

    Great work, Denise!

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #21793
    Ken
    Participant

    Nice work Denise 🙂

    #21796

    Great work Denise, keep making,never stop. Thanks for sharing with us)

    Toronto, Canada

    #21804
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Nice job keep your project pictures coming 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #21807
    Martin McColl
    Participant

    Great start Denise, keep it going!

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #21808
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    Well done Denise! Some CA glue (super glue) and matching sawdust will help patch that slight tear out. Its happened to me several times. I found that taking a chisel and going around the tail/pin edges all but eliminates the tear out problem.
    Again, well done!

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    #21811
    david o’sullivan
    Participant

    well done Denise .congratulations

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    #21812
    Eddy Flynn
    Participant

    well done Denise no stopping you now, you’re well on the way to becoming as addicted as the rest of us

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #21813
    DeniseG
    Participant

    Greg, Let me see if I understand your tip – both of them actually. To prevent tearout, do you mean chamfering the edge of the end grain on the pins and tails with a chisel?

    And for the CA glue and saw dust, do I just pack it in there and drop on the glue? That oak was very brittle. You sure know what direction the grain is running in oak – especially when you’re running against it.

    Thank you all for the kudos and tips. I really need a work bench, but I don’t want to take the time to build one right now. I’d rather keep making Paul’s projects.

    i'd prefer to make it myself

    #21814
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Congratulations Denise! Very nice job. That oak is not the most forgiving wood, looks like you did a nice job taming it.

    Memphis, Tennessee

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