Super Glide Recycled Roubo Workbench #4: Wagon Vise w/ drawer glides

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Blog entry by WheelsAF posted 05-14-2012 01:28 AM 6448 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my wagon vise. It is pretty standard in that I used a Lee-Nielsen vise screw. The innovative part is using 8” full-extension drawer glides to ensure smooth travel.

Here is an over all look from the bottom of the bench with the chop not yet installed. You can see I used some spacers between the chop and the drawer glide; I did this in the hope that I can keep some of the debris from interferring with the glide mechanism. You can see that I set up the wagon vise opening in line with the leg. This should allow for better stability if I clamp a long piece.

Here it is with the chop installed. It took a bit of fine tuning to get it to run smoothly.

I found that the chop when fully extended was a bit weak in the vertical dimension. I was afraid that any pounding on a clamped item would bend the mechanism. So, I installed some hardwood runners to carry the load.

This picture might show better how the runners limit the movement of the chop.

Although the bench is upside down still, here you can see the whole assembly with the screw and chop in place.

I don’t know yet how this system will work…I haven’t tried it under the strain of an actual project. I will let you know how it holds up. I expect it will be just fine…the drawer glides really just take the place of the traditional wooden runners.

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 07:22 PM

how is it holding up?

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 07:25 PM

How ‘bout now? :-)

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 02:19 AM

Clever idea, but I would be afraid the bearing would come off loose when you apply pressure.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 04:52 AM

so far so good. I haven’t done anything dramatic yet but I am about to start a cherry sideboard for my wife. So, after this winter I should have a better idea.

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 12:53 PM

How did it work out?

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 10:28 PM

It worked out well. I used the bench to build a buffet for my wife (added to my projects as “Dichromate Stained Cherry Buffet”). The wagon vise was very useful in holding work while planing the edges of parts. It has never bound up and can take all the pressure I can put on it.

Thanks for asking…if you are interested in building something similar feel free to ask more questions.

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