Removable Wagon Vise

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Project by Oldtool posted 03-29-2015 11:32 PM 3455 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted a wagon vise since I saw one for the first time, due to the large amount of front edge planning I do – mostly molding, but my workbench came with an end vise & bench modification wouldn’t be easy. Using the end vise required a method to prevent racking, usually fumbling with shims or wedges.
I contemplated how to construct one over time, but found faults with most of the ideas I came up with. Then, thanks to shipwright, I found a solution that I liked that could be added to the end of the bench. Shipwright posted his wedged wagon vise as a project, with videos, as can be seen here.

I made mind just as he did, except for a few modifications to permit installation in my end vise, with easy removal when necessary. I started with two small excess maple boards from past projects, each about 8” wide by about 20” long & 1” thick. The photos are pretty much self-explanatory, but here are a few notes:

The long arm runs the width of my end vise & prevents racking,

and the cut out right side allows insertion fully into the vise,

and the triangular shaped braces provide support for the vertical member and the wagon housing, & prevent twisting, or pushing away from the end vise.

When I insert a board for planning & tap the wedge, although I can’t lift the bench by the board, I can move the bench around without the board coming loose – providing plenty of holding power.

Thanks shipwright.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 11:44 PM

Nice addition to help with projects.
I found a long time ago that I wasn’t proficient (smart) enough to use a hand plane

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 12:52 AM

Congratulations you will enjoy using this addition for long time~ great work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 01:41 AM

You are very welcome, my pleasure.

Very nice application of the base concept, congrats.

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

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 02:40 PM

Nice work!

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 01:43 PM

Shipwrights wedge-wagon-vise is one of the most ingenious vises I have ever seen, just because a wedge is so “primitive”. And to design a mobile version of course is brilliant too! Chapeau to both of you and thanks a lot for sharing!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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