The Perfect Vise for Chairmaking
Sam had a real Emmert Patternmaker's Vise but he claims he would rather use a shoulder or tail vise on his bench. I just don't see why he didn't like to use the Patternmaker's Vise. I use mine everyday. It is mounted on the end of a bench so I can work on three sides of the work. The front jaw pivots to hold all kinds of odd-shaped legs, arms, spindles, headrests and rockers for shaping with rasps and power shaping tools. I like to use it turned 90 degrees so an end is up. I line the jaws with plywood pads (that I installed) and cover the plywood with cork so as not to mar the work. The Emmert Vise is no longer manufactured but a replica is available. Like I said before, I use it everyday. This tool is a smile maker!
Suggested Drill Bit
Part of the beauty of the design is the use of ebony plugs to celebrate the reinforcement of joints with screws. I use the Miller Dowel TruFit stepped bit 1XJ Its overall length is 5" long. It is available through many locations such as Highland Woodworking and others. You just need the bit you will make your own plugs.
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