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Blog entry by kiefer posted 12-01-2014 04:45 PM 9852 reads 26 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the blog on how I made the new vise in pictures and a SKETCHUP model that you can download and play with .
The SKETCHUP model was done by LUMBER PUNK /LUKE and he deserves a BIG Thank you from us for donating his time to create the model .
Also a Big Thank you to Paul/Shipwright for the maquetry logo .
Here is the video link .
This vise started to come to life with a full size drawing on a piece of plywood
This served as a good way to build the components as I could place them on the plywood and confirm the angles and dimensions .

These are the steps I took to build the laminated beam from plywood strips layer by layer .
There are three pieces that make up the triangular beam which I glued up and trimmed up on the table saw and then assembled .I left a dado in the upper beam portion for the threaded rod and confirmed the fit with a cut in half lengthways joiner nut .
The next step was to build the post /leg which I made from some construction grade pine that was nice and dry since it has been in the shop for a couple of years .

The post/leg is made up of three layers two outside ones and the blocks in the centre which carry and guide the beam .
The upper and centre blocks have hardwood glued to them on the faces that the beam slides on and the hardwood is shaped at an angle to allow the beam to tip up and slide .
Again I confirmed the function in place by test fitting the beam in the post/leg with the rod installed and then again with the second outside layer glued on.The post/leg is only glued together same as the beam and no metal fasteners were used .

Next is the guide block with the half joiner nut .
The block is again made from pine with a hardwood layer glued to is as a wear surface .
I laid out the location of the pocket for the nut which is about 9” back from the post and drilled and chiseled it out using the nut face as a guide for the chisel making it easy to get the proper angle .
A dado is cut about 7/8 wide and 38” or so deep to allow the rod to slide without touching the block.
The alignment is somewhat critical in the way that it should be parallel that is the reason I used two washers between the bottom of the dado and the rod and magnets and wadhers between the sides and rod .
this ensures that the rod will properly engage at any point of it’s travel into the nut and also will not catch on the nut when the beam is tipped to slide freely .
The nut is glued in the pocket with epoxy glue and lined up using the threaded rod and washers held together with some magnets and a couple of washers under the rod to ensure proper parallel alignment .
The nut is also drilled to below the thread line accept two screws once the glue had set .
This is the quick release mechanismin a nut shelland all there is to it .

Here is the block installed and some pictures of the beam assembly fitted with the rod and the hand wheel with the hub and nut and retainer washer .
The chop is a refurbished item that I beefed up at the bottom for the pin hole .
All straight forward stuff to make .
Watch the video on this vise that gives more info on how it operates and I am always happy to answer questions just send me a PM or post it as a comment .

I Thank you for taking a look .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 04:54 PM

Well that’s pretty comprehensive!
If you can’t make one from this fine set of instructions, sell your tools.
Really well presented Klaus, and of course, great idea in the first place.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 05:39 PM

Really nice detail on the construction. That took a lot of work and you did a fine job of it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 05:39 PM

Klaus the blog is great!

As I said “Making it simple enough so even I can do it.” LOL!

Thank you for this major effort. I know it was a challenge. It will help tremendously. I like that you used a story board for the layout. An “oh dah, oh yeah moment for me.

For the most part it is seeing the process.

I am not going to sell my tools! (Maybe a couple so I have more shop space. LOL!)

The series with the joiner nut is pretty obvious, and it might need some more clarification regarding the eighteenth picture down just before showing the alignment with the speed square. I think it may require a little more verbal description? It is key to the action of the movement. ( I actually haven’t seen a half joiner nut before.)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 06:00 PM

Very clear and concise.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 07:45 PM

Thanks to Luke for the SU Drawing. Thanks for the comprehensive pictures.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 09:34 PM

Even I understand it now. Like putting a bike together. Thanks for spelling it out for us Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 12:28 AM

Nice one Klaus! Pleasure working with you.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#8 posted 12-02-2014 02:01 AM

Klaus, I don’t know if I can build a vice like that but the video really helped. The grip on the sheet of paper is impressive. I don’t know how you come up with your brilliant solutions but brilliant they are. Thank you very much for sharing.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 12-02-2014 05:09 AM

Thanks for the kind comments guys and I much appreciate them as it makes it worth while to spend the time to do this blog .
I have added a little more explanation in regards to the rod alignment and hope that clarifies it .
Don’t forget to send a PM to thank him for his contribution in this as he made a great effort to make this simple vise more visible for all of us .



-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 12-03-2014 11:31 AM

Great work Klaus, I envy the shop time you have….............. perhaps one day!


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 12-03-2014 06:31 PM

If anyone is interested if you turn on the layer “Dims” in the layers window of the sketchup model most of the dimensions are laid out. It is best to click in on each component and hide rest of model for better visibility as they crowd the model something terrible.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#12 posted 12-06-2014 12:25 PM

Gr8ly detailed how-to Klaus

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

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#13 posted 01-15-2015 10:17 PM

I’m a new member and blown away by the quality of work being done by everyone, this and other pieces you have done are outstanding, well done. Thanks for this Klaus, nice work. Looking at your YouTube vids informed me about Lumberjocks and Woodworkingweb, so thanks for that too

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#14 posted 01-16-2015 12:26 AM

Welcom and thanks for taking a look.
Hope to see some projects of yours soon .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 08-12-2015 11:39 PM

Fantastic job, well done. I personally like the use of the weight for the hand wheel, more than one purpose for everything.

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