Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 2
   November 2010
   Shop-Built Saw Vise

First dry fit   Increasing dado depth
The first dry fit of the legs and jaw   Increasing the depth of the jaw dados
Half laps   Stretcher-panel construction
Refining the half laps on the legs   Constructing the stretcher panel

I made the stretcher panels from pieces of 3/4" oak plywood. I could have left the plywood end grain visible, but in a moment of vanity I decided to add some cherry edge trim.

Using the dry-fit legs and jaws as a template, I cut the stretcher panels to their final size and then cut the tenons on each side. I laid out the leg mortises, drilled out the waste using a Forstner bit and cleaned it up with a chisel and router plane.

Stretcher-panel mortises   Mortise cutting
Laying out the mortises for the stretcher panel   Cutting the leg mortises
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