Last night was all about through mortices. I flipped the bench on its back (the weight of the vise combined with the offset leg made this a challenge) and marked out the half inch by 2 and 7/8 through mortice on the leg. Aparently the legs had case hardened in the past few couple of months and my marking knife chipped the surface even when going with the grain. Then I drilled out most of the waste and copped/ pared out the rest.
After flipping the bench back upright i bolted the chop to the bench and clamped it in place to mark the mortice location. I marked both sides of the chop and pared it down to ensure clean edges. Then I drilled and chopped out the waste and almost finished before my wife told me it was 10 o’clock and I called it a night.
I also adjusted the chop on my end vise and it finally closes properly. Once I clean up the motive the next step will be attaching leather to the faces of both vises.