Having admitted defeat, it only took me a little while to literally and figuratively pick up the pieces. After salvaging the wooden peg on the failed face vise for use as another wooden screw, I had a choice: put the jaw aside for a rainy day, or use it right away. Well, you know what they say: nothing gets the blood flowing like hand-ripping American hard woods of greater than 2″ thickness.
I ended up with a board that is 3.25″ wide, 18.25″ long and 2″ thick. A single pass through the thicknesser to clean up the saw cut and all that’s left is to cross cut it and glue it up.
What am I making, you ask? I’m making that crochet, with the wooden screw. Like I should have the first time before wasting five hours on a face vise that doesn’t hold.
All that’s left to do (after easing the corners) is drill and tap the hole in the beam and pre-drill for the lag bolts which will mount it to the face of the benchtop.
I’ve got a surprise planned for the hub on the wooden screw. Much more understated than the last time.
But that will have to wait for now.