I am at last about to finish my work bench. It has been a 7 month long process, every night and weekend. I have posted several times in the past about my concerns over the flatness of the top. I bought a 3' Starrett straightedge and got the entire bench very flat. Almost.
However, at the very last minute, when assembling the end vise (twin screw, covers the entire end) I made a major mistake. Although most of the bench was flat, the last 1/16 of an inch of it was sloped down slightly (about three degrees or so) I did not notice this. When I attached the rear jaw of the end vise to this edge, there was of course a small ledge created by this slope butting up against the rear jaw.
Here is where the major mistake comes in- instead of leaving the ledge- I planed the rear jaw flush with the off edge to remove the ledge, and planed the front jaw flush with the rear. The result is that now both 2-inch thick jaws create a sudden slope that ends up being almost 1/8" off! All on what seems to be the most critical part of the bench- the vise jaws.
My two options, before I finish the top with oil are: 1. leave it. 2. take the entire rear jaw assebly apart, redrill all the holes, recut, replane, shim etc., (I have laready done this once before- and am very reluctant to spend another week on this.)
Any ideas on what I should do? Will 1/16-1/8 inch at the edge make a real difference? Thanks for all the help. Ill post some pics when its done.