Shop journal #3: Pretty exciting little thing

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Blog entry by Ron Harper posted 03-08-2013 05:25 AM 2077 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Two small projects completed yesterday Part 3 of Shop journal series Part 4: Repurposing sometimes makes a lot of sense »

Recently built joinery bench with twin screw vise using screws that had been made into a lamp at an antique mall. Was really having trouble using the vise. I posted a query over on Wood Central and William Duffield explained what I needed to do. Eureka…. It works like a charm. There are some things in life that absolutely are not intuitive. You only learn them if someone tells you. You basically just use one screw after you have both screws set to the right setting. Anybody interested, I can do a more detailed sharing of William’s lesson.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 02:03 PM

Now you have gotten me curious Ron. Yes, it would be nice to know the rest. Your vise looks great and with the holdfast it should be very flexible for all kinds of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 03:54 PM

Pretty cool. I’m starting to like the idea of A joinery bench like yours instead of a bench top bench.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Ron Harper

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 12:09 AM


I will work from the left side of the vise . I first put my work piece on the left side not quite snug, slide it down to the right side and do the same setting . Move of back to the left and tighten it up. When i take it out, I just turn the handle one turn or less left side only. The right side stays put. Took much longer to type this thn to set the vise. I will put ways under the screws. Thst will add morevertical plumbness to the chop

If you have the floor space it is a total no brainer

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 11:07 PM

I went ahead yesterday and added ways to the vise. I put them just below the screws as Stephen Shepherd suggested. Made another big improvement.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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