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In the first part of this series on building my bench, I surfaced the two Douglas fir bench slabs.

My next task is to install a wagon vise, using this tail vise hardware I bought from Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.

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I started by fitting the nut into the traveller that the wagon will be attached to.

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For accuracy, I did this on the lathe.  I drilled a deep hole for the thread, then a shallow, but wider hole for the metal housing.

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This is the desired result.

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I cut the block to length and tested that it ran free on the Acme screw.

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I needed to do a lot of routing to install the vise.

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I installed a pair of hardwood runners for the wagon vise to ride on.
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I glued the bottom half of the wagon to the traveller and attached the vise hardware, then flipped over the slab.

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Since my router bit was not long enough to cut all the way through my bench slab, I had to finish from the top. I penciled in the approximate lines, then drilled through before using a flush trim router bit to shape the opening.

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I installed the top half of the wagon and planed it flush with the workbench top.

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Finally, I turned and installed a vise handle. The wagon vise is now complete, minus bench dogs That’s next!

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