One of these months i'll be finishing a complete basement reno, and I have a nook big enough to store a bench, with hand and m/c tools, and all my fasteners and maybe even all cans/bottles/sprays etc., ... I am gonna need to make it look like new, as absolutely everything else will be.
I have a solid wood table to build a bench around w/ a 1-1/2"+ thick top, and four solid wood (tapered) legs. I have a mechanics vice currently lag-bolted to the corner.
i have been readinfg books and searching online for ideas. Here are some:
use a scrap 3/4" plywood with a cleat for mech vise. removable, and clampable to bench top/ww vise.
make a shooting board &/or bench hook- use a scrap plywood with a cleat for mech vise. removable, and clampable to bench top/ww vise.
buy a ww vise - additionally make a tiling vise mount for it. Place it somewhere permanently flush mounted somewhere along front edge make wooden grooved jaw faces, and swivelling/pivotting jaw face insert for alignment
drill dog holes spaced everywhere
make 3/4" round wooden bench dogs (w/ an angle only on the flat sticking up, not 3/4" holes), maybe w/ bullet catches
make adjustable stop mounts/ right angle stops with grroves and dowels to aslign in dog holes at any any placement
THESE ARE MY 2 QUESTIONS
1)can I make a strong enough (w/o major purchase): i)holdfast (iron L that you bang down/open up with hammer)
ii)screw clamp bench dog (like a wonder dog @ LV)
2)I was playing with the idea of using the legs along the front and creating leg vises w/ ACME thread bench screws, and slots. I garbage picked, the other day, (3) 9" long usable 1" dia NC thread bolts w/ 5/8" ID 1-1/4" long metal pipe welded to the ends, perpendicular to the thread axis O------, w/ 1-1/2" nuts.
The desk to be bench: The tapered legs need to be built up (only a couple inches a ground), and it needs a front apron at clamp waist level. What can I do with this bench and (3) O------ to do away with the purchase of a ww vise, and still have one, and make my leg vises. Where do I put these, where do I attach them, and how do I orient the ends? What do I need to make? Then it all needs painting.