Plywood Vise

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-16-2015 03:07 AM 3902 views 13 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a vise that I have been thinking about making for a long time. It is made from 4 layers of 1” Baltic Birch plywood, brass, nylon and steel. I needed a vise big enough to hold big and odd shaped wood parts when I saw, drill or mill them. This vise has a 4×6 opening and has a quick nut ( 4th photo) in the back so I just push the button and slide the threaded shaft to the new location. It has a brass insert in the movable jaw to take the pressure and not indent the wood. I added some brass keepers on the bottom of the sliding jaw so it cannot come away from the base. There is a 6” diameter birch log in the vise in the 5th shot and that will be its first project. The last shot is the blow up of all the parts used.
The third shot shows the 2 extra jaws I made for holding round stock horizontal and vertical just in case I need them down the road. The jaws slip over pins in the bottom and have wing screws holding them in at the top. I may make solid hardwood jaws in the future if this plywood does not hold up.

It is finished with Danish oil and satin poly just to make it easy to clean.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 03:19 AM

Outstanding! Great design, very nicely crafted. Where did you get the “quick nut”?

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 03:19 AM

Neat vice you made there Jim. I like the hold on keepers you put on it. Good idea. Jaws for round stock are a must for turners. Well done all together.

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

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#3 posted 10-16-2015 03:38 AM

COOL lil vise…

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#4 posted 10-16-2015 04:11 AM

Got to love Wood – working tools. Nice job Jim


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#5 posted 10-16-2015 04:15 AM

Interesting Jim. Have you considered a Miter Jack? It would perform these tasks and a couple more as well.
.... just rambling. I’m sure this beauty will fulfill all that you expect of it. .... so nicely made!

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

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#6 posted 10-16-2015 04:37 AM

That is really slick. I can see a lot of uses for something like that.

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#7 posted 10-16-2015 04:37 AM

Every time I see one of your projects that involves metal parts I get jealous that I don’t have the capability to make them and would have to farm them out .
Nice job on that vise and looks good and strong with the plywood construction . I take it that the quick nut is held onto the plywood body by two screws .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 10-16-2015 04:57 AM

Here we go again Jim, man you make some fabulously practical gear, this is a real nice make.
Boy I’d love to know if your brain ever goes to sleep :)
cheers Bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 10-16-2015 05:03 AM

Jim , that is really nice!
Is that square all around so it can be used against a fence or miter head?
Or perhaps accept a miter slot guide, horizontally or vertically?

I have been thinking about one of these for quite some time to get a better grip and to keep my fingers away from saw blades.

Can you, or would you, post the plans?

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#10 posted 10-16-2015 05:20 AM

nice vise, well done

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#11 posted 10-16-2015 07:47 AM

My lathe doubles as a vise.

This is the victim and trying to get it balanced (#6).

And realizing that it needs a whole bunch of trimming. The “vise” holds it for me.

Yours is nice, too, Jim.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 10-16-2015 09:22 AM

Very sofisticated C clamp. There will be lot of possibilites for using it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-16-2015 10:31 AM

Did you tap/drill holes through the quick nut so that it could be bolted and/or screwed onto the back?
Where did you buy the quick nut? Do they exist with acme threads?

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#14 posted 10-16-2015 10:57 AM

Great job Jim.
That is pretty cool.


-- 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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#15 posted 10-16-2015 11:03 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi John, What I call a quick nut is from Grizzly and they call it a quill nut. I use them on all my drill presses because they are so quick to adjust the quill stop. the part number of this 1/2-13 nut is G7818 in the Grizzly catalog. they also come in 3/8-16 and 8 and 10 mm threads. I’m hoping it will hold up to the pressure.

Hi Paul. I have not seen a ladder jack before, but what I wanted was essentially a large vise that I can also use in my small 4” max vise on the milling machine. I will clamp this vise in there and be able to hold some big items safely while milling them.

Hi Pete, I made this because I could not hold that big round birch log in the mill . I’ll post a shot when I get to using it.

Hi Klaus and Don. I drilled and tapped 2 1/4-20 holes in the quick nut and fastened it with long flat head bolts that go through the washer on the inside . Don, I have not seen them in Acme threads. I am using them for something that they were not intended to do. I like to experiment with what is available.

Hi James, yes the vise is square all around so you can slide it along a fence for making accurate cuts. The inside was finished milled on the milling machine with a 5” long 3/4” end mill that I picked up at a flea market for $3. No one knew what it was. They cost about $50 new and I use it for a lot of wood working projects

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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