Oak Wood Working Vise

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Project by John posted 04-05-2017 05:44 AM 2679 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Vise a guy on Youtube made and provides plans for. His name is John Heisz and he really does some out of the box thinking. Look him up, you’ll like what you see. I am not good with following plans, i’m more of a visual person. I’ve always been able to build things by looking at pics and trial and error. I first made this vise out of Pine and really abused it just to see how much it would hold up. I really didn’t expect it to last very long and I knew that it was basically just a prototype for me to work out some of the details. In the end when it did fail one year later, it wasn’t the wood that failed. The coupler nut that I buried in the body of the vise was too rigid, meaning that it had no play whatsoever to keep it from binding. Eventually, the threaded rod cross threaded and froze in place and I had to bust it open to see what happened. So, the vise didn’t fail, my assembly method did. This time I created a loose fitting mortise and tenon block for the coupler nut to fit good but still have a slight amount of play. Also, I didn’t glue the bottom in place this time so I can get to the workings if need be. It is the most often used vise in my shop and I plan on making another incorporated in a small work bench for my patio. All pats on back go to John Heisz for coming up with this awesome vise. Thanks for looking


-- John

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#1 posted 04-05-2017 10:35 AM

Now that’s nice … good job!

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#2 posted 04-05-2017 12:06 PM

Nice, much prettier than cast iron.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 04-05-2017 01:12 PM

Looks Excellent. Good to see that your vice is wood. :)

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 04-05-2017 01:26 PM

Very Cool vice John! I like the 9” jaw opening too! Great job on this build and working out the problems. I watched John Heisz video also. Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 04-05-2017 02:58 PM

You did a fine job on this vise made out of wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-06-2017 12:23 AM

Thanks everyone, It’s a very used and welcomed addition to my shop.

-- John

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#7 posted 04-06-2017 05:44 AM

Nicely done. Have you posted it on John’s forum? I’m sure he’d like to see it.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-06-2017 06:39 AM

I tried but I need to shrink the photos first. Thanks for the info though.

-- John

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#9 posted 04-06-2017 08:46 AM

That is one neat job John. It’s just a shame it only comes in imperial. Maybe you could build it a brother in metric.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 04-06-2017 09:49 AM

Where I live it’s getting harder and harder to find Oak in Metric these days, I just might have to order some from the Uk. Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#11 posted 04-07-2017 08:52 AM

Gr8 vise… thumbs Up !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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