Bench Vise

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Project by zonevii posted 05-11-2014 05:57 PM 4229 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to replace an existing DIY bench vise, built in the days of less experience and no Google Search. Started with a 1 1/2” x 7” x15” Maple Sample piece from the architecture office where i work as a drafter. 3/4” X 18” Acme screw, (2) 1/2” steel guide rods and Hickory components to attach to the Bench. An article from Wood Magazine guided me in how to make and attach the Screw and using bronze guide bushings thru the body for the guide rods.

i have had leather faces on my previous vice and wanted the same for this but to have an option of wood faces. So i came up with embedding Rare Earth magnets into the movable and stationary faces with small steel screws and washers either embedded into the faces or standing proud thru the leather sides. Seems to work well.

Also, the Wood article had a wooden dowel with wood caps crank arm – i found a 1/2” black iron pipe with end caps would serve the same purpose.

Now to actually building Stuff.

-- PW Norris

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#1 posted 05-11-2014 07:16 PM

Very well done – should last a long time.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 02:21 AM

Nice job on your revision of what looks like a well made and useful bench vice! I want to try my luck at one much like yours sometime in the near future. Thanks for posting and the inspiration !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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