homemade vise hardware

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Project by Greedo posted 08-04-2010 07:20 PM 62370 views 86 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

as requested im giving some more information about the homemades vises i made.

it’s actually quite simple and cheap to make if you can weld, and better yet have a metal bandsaw.
they are all based on threaded metric rods, they are cheap but they take many turns to advance.
i added a sketchup sketch of a the principle, parts with the same color are welded together, it’s not verry different from regular vise mechanisms.
they can be made in a couple of hours, with less than a $10 cost, though you need to buy minimal lengths of steel.

the first ones i made using squares that glide into each other, they work pretty fine. then the last ones i made were made with special steel parts that are used for making hinges, those are more accurate and durable, but you need to be precise.
for a good vise you need to be precise, 1mm of play means you need to make a complete turn before the vice moves.
these are never as good as quality cast iron ones, regular steel does not like the friction and wears more quickly over time giving more play. i use them daily and my oldest is 1 year old and it still goes like day 1. but i guess it won’t last 50 years.
not ideal for professionals, but depending on the use it can be given a second thought.

i think it explains itself mostly, though if theres more questions don’t hesitate!

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 07:25 PM

Hey, Great idea there. Might use it later on.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 07:30 PM

thank´s for posting this Greedo
it´s great if you are on a low budget or want a second bench
or want to ad a wice to a cart/table of anykind


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#3 posted 08-04-2010 07:33 PM

Thanks so much for posting these. I will definitly be making me some. Thanks again and good job on these and your workbench.

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 07:51 PM

Very inventive…great idea and good looking project.

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 08:22 PM

man nice work.

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 08:44 PM

Way to go man! Nothing wrong with that. You are giving me some good ideas here. No Woodcraft or the like where I live!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 09:17 PM

Awesome idea. This might have to be my next welding project.

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 02:07 AM

Hi there,
That’s awsome, I might just have to use my welder again soon.
You made a really good job, they look good, and seem to do what they are supposed to.
Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 02:19 AM

I am having some of the ironworkers at work do some similar stuff on company time :)

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 04:09 AM

i like the square tube one. It reminds me of the really nice Sjoberg vise on their elite series bench. It doesn’t rack at all.

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 05:07 AM

Thanks for sharing this…. now I just have to go to and learn how to weld. ;)

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 10:30 AM

I like it, thx for sharing this should save everyone some CASH! Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 08-05-2010 03:38 PM

Good vises, if you want to impove jaw speed and overall durability, acme threaded rod and nuts are available
through many local fasteners stores and on line. The cost is higher, but the durability might make up for the

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 08-06-2010 06:50 AM

Great project! This answers my need for another vice or two in the wood part of the shop. It also gives me an excuse to go work with Dad in his shop. Thanks for posting.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#15 posted 08-09-2010 08:20 PM

Went to my favorites for later. THANKS!!!!!

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