Wow, a major milestone, measured in baby steps. I got the Crisscross guide installed, and it works like a dream. It wasn’t hard, I got it done in about 4 hours while dealing with several work crisis.
The first operation was to clear out the “mortise” for the Crisscross mechanism. I made a template yesterday, so it was just a matter of figuring out where I could put the clamps and routing out the waste. I did it in about 5 steps down, vacuuming out the chips before going deeper each time. Then I squared up the corners with a chisel and installed the hardware. Tapping holes in wood felt weird, but it seems to work OK.
Unclamping the glue-up for the leg vise chop was anti-climatic. I half expected it to make a springing sound and twist itself into a double helix. I bandsawed the Walnut overhang off, and planed the edges square. When laying out the location for the holes in the chop I made sure it would end up about 1/8″ proud of the bench top, after I’ve flattened the top of the bench I’ll trim the chop to match For what it’s worth, that Claro Walnut isn’t real hand plane friendly. It’s hard and has lots of twisty grain.
Installing the mounts for the Crisscross glide requires tapping holes into the wood, I used Tried & True Oil/Wax finish to lubricate the tap, and a bit on the threads of the machine screws that go into the threaded holes. It should lubricate it if I need to take it apart, and should set up and provide a little extra strength over time.
The Crisscross mechanism works really well. It’s smooth and completely supports the vise chop. The hole in the chop and leg for the screw line up *exactly*, so there won’t be any weight or binding on the vise screw. With the other mechanisms (parallel guide and pinless guide) the collar on the screw is required to help maintain alignment.
What’s left? I have to mount the threaded block for the vise screw to the back of the leg, install the garter on the chop, glue up the short stretchers and glue on the top. By this time tomorrow it will be a done deal I think