Potential solution for end vise wracking

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 04-05-2017 09:28 PM 925 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

While working on my current project of a TV Credenza, I had the need to clamp for the planing of molding on the front edge of my bench. As mentioned by many others on this site, my end vise was wracking, and I tried the usual solutions – wedge, spare pieces of wood, shims, etc., but found these to be somewhat of a pain in the neck.

Thinking about it, I decided to use the far runner in some form of clamping procedure. I went to Lowe’s, secured a 7/8” dowel (the diameter of my vise guide pipe ), and a 3/4” copper pipe clamp:

I decided on a dowel to prevent any possible marring the metal unit, and used the 3/4” copper clamp because copper (tube) is measured on the ID, and the ID is close to 7/8”).

Substituting the dowel for the metal guide, and placing the clamp on the dowel proved to be a feasible solution.

The pipe clamp slipped a little, but the vise provided sufficient pressure to allow molding the stick.

To reduce any slipping with excess pressure, I applied strips of leather to the clamp with epoxy;

Now, with a little bit of water on the leather, this clamp puts a death grip on the dowel, and provides infinite adjustment quickly, and can be removed easily for full vise clamping.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 04-06-2017 03:09 AM

Very innovative, congratulations, wonderful when a plan comes together.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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