Here are the drawings of the little portable vise I posted originally on November 11, 2017. All the drawings are done full size and can be used as cut-out templates. Just print them off and glue them to your wood.
|The Coke can is for scale.|
|The Coke can was added for scale.|
This is mainly to do with price, but also to do with convenience.
One sheet of 11mm Good One Side Fir Sanded Plywood at Lowe's or Home Depot is less than $50 a sheet. Included in that price is up to five cuts to the sheet, so getting the stock into the trunk of my wife's Fusion to take home was never a problem.Why two layers of 11mm fir ply?
I wanted the material thickness to be in the same scale as the cabinet it defines. This is a fair-sized cabinet so its components should reflect that. I didn't need a full 1" thick. All I needed was material that was obviously thicker than 3/4", hence the laminated 11mm ply, which, when veneered on both sides, ends up being a very thin hair thinner than 1".
Why not use pre-veneered ply?By laminating two 11mm pieces I could ensure they were dead flat during glue-up and they would stay that way after they came out of the clamps (ok, when the screws were removed - don't be so picky).
I wanted White Oak veneer, not Red. The box stores only sell Red Oak Veneered ply, so I would have to purchase what I needed at a hardwood lumber yard, rent a truck to get it home, and fight with it to cut it up as I do not own a panel saw.
Also, I have never done any veneering before and I wanted to try it.Why veneer before assembly?
Every component included in this cabinet is flat-slabbed. There isn't a curved surface on it. Believe me, I tried to add a curve or two, but when I did, I lost a lot of storage room where the corners once were. Because it is just flat panels, I guessed that fitting the veneer would be far easier if I had to trim 1" thick stock than it would be if I had to deal with stock that was 0.8mm thick.Why use Bondo?
You can't be a car-guy who grew up in the '50s and '60s and not know about Bondo. 3M makes Bondo, and they also make a slightly heavier two-part filler called White Lightnin'. They recommend both for metal and wood, but I have found that the Bondo is quicker to work with for lighter applications, such as fairing my plywood slabs.Peace,
|The grain of the board is running from right to left, so sanding|
goes from top to bottom, first angled one way,
then angled the opposite way.
|Enlarged, you can see the crosshatching quite well.|
|I used scrap wood as spacers between the|
different lengths of veneer and
sandwiched them between
two pieces of ply.
|Where no spacers were needed, I used clamps|
to hold the bundle together and keep
it all flat (the veneer outside the
ply will be trimmed off)
|Here, I just finished driving 17 screws through the ply and|
into the bench top to ensure the panel dries flat
|Given the wet weather we have had here this summer, the|
whole lot was wrapped in a tarp which was held down
by cleats and left for a couple of days
|Here the 1" strip of solid maple is glued and clamped to|
the exposed edge of a side
|Here the different panels have been coated with a thin coat|
of two-part auto body filler to true their surfaces
...where did all the sellers go?Peace,
|The plane is clean, with no signs of rust or pitting...|
|...on either side.|
|The skate is in almost "as-new" condition.|
|The Blade Holding Mechanism works like its new.|
|This is what comes with the Plane: one Depth Shoe, one Fence,|
and five Imperial Standard Blades
|The Blades are in great shape from their front surface...|
|...to their back surface.|
|The stock Veritas Tote shows some toolbox|
dings, but it is still in great shape with
great grain and colour...
|...and it is just as clean on the right side|
as it is on the left.
|This image shows the horrible job I did on the original|
millwork. My problem was, the trunks were over
30" across, but the longest chainsaw I
could rent was only 21".
|I thought these would take a few years to dry out, but|
I didn't take into account that the tree had been
dead for a few years by the time I
got to it.
|This particular planer isn't mine. I didn't have one of mine|
so I went online and found one that was the same.
This photo belongs to John Heisz at
|Twelve coats of Varathane Satin, with a strong|
sanding with 220 grit after every fourth coat.
Once the brushwork was done, the surface
was brought down with extra fine steel
wool laced with finishing wax.