My First WorkBench Build #10: Changing the Vise!

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 07-31-2012 03:45 PM 2244 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had used the self made twin screw for a while and I found it incredibly aggravating to work with, so I scrapped it and traded up to a Lee Valley cast iron vise most by Yost. I took everything out that was associated with the old twin screw. It was incredibly hard to screw in while holding the workpiece with the two screws, then it would rack like no ones business. It was a waste of resources. Oh well! So I mortised the new vise into place, attached with 1/2” lag bolts, made the vise chop, and voila! A quick release vise that doesn’t require much fidgeting to get it to grab. So much happier! The only thing I need is some leather for the jaws and we’ll be good to go!

PS The shop is a mess! I’m going to tear it all apart coming soon to convert the garage into a real wood shop, so I’m going to start getting rid of things and cleaning it all out!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 04:39 PM

send me (or I can pickup) the old vise :) I’m in the DC area also.

and if you think that is a mess, come see my garage/shop

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 05:22 PM

I would, except I cut it up mostly to make the chop for this one! I’m going to use the twin screws to make a small joinery bench eventually. Sorry my friend!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 08:53 PM

Super nice vise. Gr8 installation

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 12:18 AM

no worries :) always nice to chat with those in the DC area :)

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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