Engineers vice wood jaws, for delicate work.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-30-2020 02:57 PM 876 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Engineers vice wood jaws
for delicate work.

This one is for Dave Polaschek, as he said he needed wood jaws on his engineers vice and I took pictures last year when made some for mine, but thought it was to little to be called a project…
I saw this idea in an old woodworking magazine years back and have made them for several vices, the only new id the magnets, these makes it easier to use the vice, as the wood jaws follow the metal jaws automatically.

Here they are in use on the vice I use by my workbench.
(It’s mounted on a board and the board held by a holdfast).

A strip of plywood are cut to the width of the metal jaws.

Marking the deepness of the jaws, here I like them 1 mm taller than the vice, so I don’t accidentally scratch my work piece.

Now they can be cut to size.
As you can see they get lips on each side, so they can ride on the vice and stay in place.

For this version I add anti skid on one side, to give a good hold when needed.

Drilling holes, to hold rare earth magnets on both sides.

Glueing them in place.

Jaws ready to be used.

Soft grip.

Anti skid grip.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or get a grip on things.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 12-30-2020 03:22 PM

These are very handy. When you need it you need it. I’ve had them on many vises over the years. A good simple project.

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

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#2 posted 12-30-2020 04:52 PM

I like the anti-skid tape addition!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-30-2020 07:17 PM

Thanks, Mads! One of these days I need to find my supply of rare earth magnets. I suspect they’re stuck to something somewhere in the shop…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-31-2020 12:57 AM

Hi guys,
I were actually happy to share this one, we often forget, that we were once beginners, so the simple projects is only simple once we have seen and made them.

doubleDD, yes they are really so easy to make, that it’s not worth skipping it. Smiles thanks.
lew, Thanks Lew, I think I’ll make a leather padded version also for this vice with the rough side out, so it will be extra gentle when needed.
Dave Polaschek, happy if it could inspire. Big laugh, yes they will show up in a strange place, perhaps upside down… Last time I bought some, the were hanging in the top of the mailbox, as the post man had put them in, they did not fall down, because the mail box is made of metal, laugh.

Best thoughts and happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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John Stegall

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#5 posted 12-31-2020 12:44 PM

Great idea Mads (as always with your work).

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 12-31-2020 02:02 PM

John Stegall, thank you with a big smile on my lips.
Less is plenty.
Best thoughts and happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 12-31-2020 04:39 PM

Any problem with the magnets in line with each other? Repelling obviously not but if there was an attraction of pulling the boards together? Probably not or you would have solved it.
Like how you did it. Happy New Year.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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#8 posted 12-31-2020 06:38 PM

Hi 987Ron,
Clever observation, but these are not too strong, so no problem, but I remember when I did the glue up, I were afraid they would push them self out. I retro perspective I should have placed the off set and perhaps two on each side.
Thank you, happy new year.
(It’s not a mistake it’s a design opportunity – love that one)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 01-07-2021 05:49 PM

I’ll definitely be making a set of those. I have some soft jaws for mine, but I like this even better. Thanks Mads!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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