Holtzapffel Workbench (Part 3 of 3)

The photo below, shows the quick release end vise, before being installed. The saws shown were used for cutting a slot, for the stationary jaw of the vise. The slot was cut such that the face of the stationary jaw, would be coplanar with the side edge of the workbench top.

The photo below, shows my saw with a depth stop, configured from two 1/2″ pieces of plywood and 3 small “C” clamps. The depth stop was setup to match depth needed to make vise stationary jaw face, coplanar with edge of workbench top.

The photo below, shows the depth stop saw in action.

The photo below, shows the slotted area, being chiseled out after sawing. The sawing of the slot 1st, I felt help the chiseling go faster. The clamped board to the underside of the workbench top, was used to prevent tear out.

The photo below, shows an underside view of the end vise. Notice that the underside of the workbench top, had to be routed out, such that the vise stationary jaw top edge would be coplanar with top surface of workbench top. The board shown between the vise jaws, was used to help in getting the vise stationary jaw face, coplanar with the workbench side.

The photo below, shows the end vise, clamped in place, to facilitate drilling holes, and attaching wood block, to face of movable vise jaw.

The photo below, shows a modification that I made to the end vise installation. The two screws that came with the end vise, for fastening the stationary jaw to the workbench, just seemed rather wimpy. My fix for this problem, was 1st to replace the 2 wimpy screws ( each approx. 2″ in length), with two 1/4″ lag screws (6″ in length) along with matching flat washers and split lock washers. Next, I fastened a board (24″ x 3-3/4″ x 1-5/16″) over the stationary vise jaw, using eight 1/4″ lag screws (6″ in length) along with matching flat washers and split lock washers. Holes were counter bored for washers and lag screw heads, as required to sink lag screw heads below surface of wood. I filled the remaining voids in counter bored holes, with a mixture of glue and saw dust. The saw dust and glue mixture, took a while to harden up (say around 24 hours), but it worked out OK.

The photo below, shows one of the two bench screw mounting blocks, being positioned coplanar with front of workbench. The coplanar positioning, was achieved using clamps and plywood, as shown in photo.

This photo, shows the face vise, being lined up with bench screw blocks, in order to determine where holes thru mounting blocks need to be drilled. Note the following:

  1. Workbench is turned upside down
  2. Wood pieces clamped to workbench top, in order to insure that move able jaw top, stays coplanar with top of workbench

The photo below, shows the face vise, mounting block, metal screw, and hardware.

The photo below, shows the face vise mounting blocks fastened to the workbench.

The photo below, shows the jig I used for drilling the 3/4″ diameter dog holes. The dog holes were spaced 3-3/8″ on-center. After drilling the first two holes, a 3/4″ diameter wood dowel, was placed as shown in the last hole drilled, and a hole was drilled thru the workbench, thru the other hole on the jig. This process was repeated, until a total of 16 holes were drilled. I located the dog holes, to line up with the center of the end vise jaw face. In my case, the center of any given dog hole, was spaced 7″ from the front of the workbench.

The photo below, shows the workbench being used, for making a door frame, for a lean-to attached to my workshop, that was not tall enough, for a standard door height.

Regarding the metal screws for the face vise, Chris Schwarz’s article in Woodworking Magazine (Autumn 2007), gave a source for the metal screws. However, it turned out that they were no longer carrying the metal screws. I started looking for another source, without any success. So I called Chris, in the morning and left a message, stating my dilemma. Chris Schwarz, called back shortly after lunch, same day, with a source for the metal screws. Chris, I really appreciated that, thank you. The source Chris gave me, was Veritas. The metal screws can be found at the following link:

Veritas Tools – Vises and Clamping – Shoulder-Vise Screw

Building the Holtzapffel workbench, was a lot of work, but it was a labor of love. I have use my workbench for both indoor and outdoor projects. This workbench is much more versatile than my previous workbench. I look forward to using it on future projects.

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