2 thoughts on “tool rack

  1. Is the leg vise dovetailed in or simply inset? I can’t see the angles or signs of fasteners in the picture. I have a hand cut wood screw (over 2 ft. long), matching wood nut and face leg (front clamping part of a leg vise – don’t know the proper nomenclature), albeit from the mid 19th century, salvaged from the shop/ house built circa 1835 -40 of a much older uncle (died old long before I was born in 1940) which I would like to install on a workbench I’m making – thus my question. In the setup I salvaged the nut was not installed in a mortise/notch backside of the table leg as in the picture; rather boxed in between two 45 degree struts running from the table leg to a point halfway inside and under the bench top. The method in the photo looks easier and would certainly not require so long a screw. Would there be a mechanical advantage to such a long screw? I’m guessing boards clamped in the vise would be typical thickness for the period; by which I mean less than two inches thickness. Anything more would be laid flat to plane – or?

  2. Looking at the rack attached to the wall I can only wonder what the equal sized round holes are for, but Im guessing the small square holes were to hold the tang of moulding plane blades. I have such an old plane and while the sharp end of the blade is near 3/4 inch broad and and maybe 1 1/4 inches long the tang is not more than 1/4 inch wide and about six inches long – looks like it would fit the rack just fine to display the blade size and contour for fast identification. The large square hole — ??

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