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Project by CameronL posted 02-09-2018 02:31 PM 3621 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I saw John Heisz build this vise on his YouTube channel, I’ve wanted to make one.

The screw for the vise comes from a scaffold jack leveler. I picked one up from Home Depot for about $20. That is the only thing I needed to purchase for this project. Most of the vise is made from well-seasoned 3/4” softwood boards from some shelving I had torn out in my home. Boards are probably 50+ years old. The jaw pads and dowel for the handle are maple. They came from the legs of a table being discarded at work.

While I did take care in cutting, sanding, gluing and finishing, it’s ultimately a shop project not art. So there’s glue marks and brad nail holes.

The vise works great and is a real eye-catcher.

-- -Cameron





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wcp

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 02:52 PM

Great looking wood vice. Did you buy the plans from John to build the vice?

wcp

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CameronL

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#2 posted 02-09-2018 03:02 PM

The plans are free for this on his site. But it’s important to note that it’s a sketchup file produced by a fan. It does deviate in places from John’s build. But it’s a great guide, along with the video and build article on the website.

-- -Cameron

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#3 posted 02-09-2018 03:33 PM

looks well done and sturdy.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 04:02 PM

Great job. Does it creak and squeak when you tighten it like John’s does?

-- Cheers -- g

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#5 posted 02-09-2018 04:16 PM


Great job. Does it creak and squeak when you tighten it like John s does?

- Gary

It’s like music.

-- -Cameron

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#6 posted 02-09-2018 05:08 PM

That’s cool

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 02-09-2018 06:12 PM

This is a very nice shop made vise. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 02-09-2018 08:50 PM

Nice looking vice. I built mine a couple years ago, all White Pine, and have treated it with no mercy. I figured when it broke I would make a new one with hardwood. Nothing has broken yet, although I do need to replace the jaws, which are Birch, after using it for metal work. Your vise looks too good to use. I didn’t post mine (too lazy I guess), but there are others on this site that really look good too. Great job, welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#9 posted 02-09-2018 09:06 PM

Oh I like this. I think I will need to make one for my shop as well…thanks for sharing.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 02-09-2018 10:22 PM

Great project!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#11 posted 02-09-2018 10:35 PM

Nice job came out great

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Paul M

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#12 posted 02-09-2018 10:38 PM

I really like that.

-- Paul M

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#13 posted 02-09-2018 11:34 PM

I can’t imagine why anyone would want to make a metal working style vise out of wood, but I know there are many who do and they are very happy with them, as are you. You did a great job on this one. Maybe my imagination is somewhat lacking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-10-2018 02:43 AM

Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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BurlyBob

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#15 posted 02-10-2018 04:17 AM

Now that is some kind of special!

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