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Softwood Chop

Jason Stromberg
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:54:07 GMT

I'm close to finishing my knockdown Nicholson build and I'm starting to think about the chop for the leg vise. I've got plenty of leftover 2x12 Douglas Fir to use, and I'm sure it'd be stiff enough when laminated. I figure I've got 2 options when it comes to laminating: 1) face laminate 2 full-width pieces of 2x12 together to make a 3" thick chop, or 2) rip strips of 2x12 into 3" wide pieces and laminate them together in a stack Since I'm in no furry, and I can use the bench without a vise for a while, I'm leaning towards option 2, just because I can. Does anyone have any strong opinions on such a method? Or should I be looking to make the chop of hardwood?

Y Saer
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 16:55:49 GMT


Y Saer
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 16:57:53 GMT

Bit of a blip there.... What I was about to say was why not use what you have, laminates tend to be stronger, but face it off with a narrow strip of hardwood to resist wear.

Nathan Guideau
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 18:17:34 GMT

You could also add cork shelf liner for grippiness and it would have the added benefit of protection. Cork gets divots, replace it. CS recommended cork in the chop for grip at some point. I did it on my cheapo bench and it worked as advertised, truly does improve the grip dramatically and protects the work piece to boot.

Tyler Anderson
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 02:54:43 GMT

I did the the two layers of syp on mine and it worked great

Patrick Delaney
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 06:13:03 GMT

I used option 1 and it has been working great for my bench. Good luck with whichever one you choose.

Paul Sidener
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:04:34 GMT

I would go with option 1, if you want to use soft wood. When I made mine I used 8/4 ash, for the leg vise. I think hardwood is better, it will be stiffer. It is your bench, use what you like. If you don't like it, it can be changed fairly easy.