Woodworking Vise Anti-Racking Jig … Get a BIGGER grip •

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Jan 3, 2015

Mafe beat me to the punch when he posted his Bench Vice Spacer a couple days ago. I really liked how his turned out but I had to share my version of this device.

I started by going to my scrap pile and got some 3/4 inch thick pieces of different colored plastic material and some scraps of hickory that was from my rocking chair and workbench projects.

All the pieces would end up 1-1/2 inches wide and 5-1/2 inches long. I started by ripping pieces 1-1/2 inches wide and long enough to give me at least 2 pieces 5-1/2 inches long of different colors. I cut some extra pieces to rip into thinner pieces.

I just so happened to have pieces of plastic 1/2 inch thick so I didn’t have to rip one to that thickness. Out of the extra piece that was 3/4 inch thick I ripped a piece that was 1/16 , 1/8, and 1/4 inch thick.

Ripping the plastic to 1/16 inch thickness was a little risky and I only did it once. That was enough and I still had all 10 fingers.

So I got a big scrap piece of hickory and sized it to 1-1/2 inches X about 3 inches wide X about 7 inches long and proceeded to rip 1/16 inch thick slices off of it.

Then I took all the pieces and trimmed them to 5-1/2 inches long and rounded the ends.

A 3/8 inch hole was drilled in one end.

I then sliced 1-1/4 inch long pieces off of a 1-1/2 dowel to make knobs. Into each knob I drill a 3/8 inch diameter hole about 1 inch deep. From the other side of the knob I counter sunk and drilled a pilot hole for a #6 X 3/4 inch wood screw.

And now I had all the pieces I needed.

I ended up with NINE 3/4 inch thick pieces, ONE 1/2 inch thick piece, ONE 1/4 inch thick piece, ONE 1/8 inch thick piece and ONE 1/16 inch thick piece all made out of plastic of different colors.

I also ended up with 6 pieces of hickory that were 1/16 inch thick.

Now all I had to do was put some Danish oil on the wood knobs and hickory pieces and assemble it.

I alternated the colors to make it fun.

To secure the knobs to the 3/8 inch dowel I use #6 X 3/4 inch wood screws. This gave me the option to lengthen or shorten this jig if needed.

And here is my finished piece that is 8-1/16 inches wide. This is probably overkill.

With the SEVEN 1/16 inch thick pieces on the end, I can accommodate any piece of wood within 1/16 of an inch up to 8 inches in my vise and not rack the vise.

Here is a 1/4 inch of material clamped in the vise.

Here is a piece a little over 2 inches.

It even works with a piece a little over 6 inches long.

If your lucky enough to have some old wooden blinds laying around like Mafe had, you can make one of these from that. You could even cut up a yard sticks, paint stirring sticks or 1/8 inch thick tempered hardboard and make one of these. They’re easy to make and oh so useful.

Thanks for looking and hope this gives you some ideas for making your own VISE ANTI-RACKING JIG .

Comments welcomed. Have a Happy New Year.

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 01:50 AM

Two of these posted in short order….
I’m thinkin’ I may need to heed the sign & make one.

Now I need to figure out how to make it unique….
Ohhh, I know…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 02:25 AM

Very handy to have…..I must make one.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 03:18 AM

Much too flash for my workshop.
Love the colours.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 05:16 AM

That is very nice and colourful and works just fine but I would still not be able to find it when I need it unless it was tied to my belt so I came up with this idea and it is more work but it hits the jaw just right at the bottom and makes the vise close and grip at the top first and I can’t loose it ,it’s always there . lol
Sorry for overthinking this but it has always bothered me also and this is just my way to solve it .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 10:25 AM

The colors would make it easy to see amongst a benchful of shavings!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 12:00 PM

I like the added bright colors. Makes for some fun fun fun in the shop shop shop.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 02:30 PM

Reminds me of a feeler gauge. Good solution to the problem.

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

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 02:43 PM

Nice solution, nicely done and quite colorful.

P.S. Your red vise looks just like the 10” Craftsman I bought back in the mid-70s.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 04:28 PM

Awesome solution to the vise racking problem, the different colors help.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 05:05 PM

Good built Tyvekboy…will have to make one of those for myself when I get back home. Love the colors.

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 06:38 PM

Thanks to everyone who have left comments.

Kiefer … Iʻm going to have to think on your idea.

To everyone else … yes the colors do help locating it. However, the plastic that I used is a lot heavier than wood. Since Iʻm not getting any younger, I think I might have to drill lightening holes in them to try and make the whole set lighter and still have it work.

Yes it does look like a feeler gauge. When I was building it I thought I could put a bunch of 1/16 inch thick pieces together but that sounded too much like work. Using a bunch of 3/4 inch pieces and then adding the 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and a bunch of 1/16 to one end would do the job and as it turns out, it does.

This is a good project to get rid of scraps and end up with something useful.

Hope to see more of these posted and see what others some up with.

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

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 06:51 PM

Great work Alex, attention to detail as usual. Well done on a very useful jig.


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

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#13 posted 11-28-2015 04:56 PM

Very cool!

-- Marcus, Carbondale, IL

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