Extreme Exotic Wood Vise Build

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 05-31-2018 04:52 PM 2557 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This huge vise is inspired by James King Of Kings Fine Woodworking on YouTube. He has a three part series on the exact build with every part of the process. Not just a great maker, but James is also a great teacher and videographer.

When I first saw it, I thought, “Wow, that’s gorgeous! Have to build one!”

This one is pretty much to plan except I changed out of few of the woods Jame’s used.

Here’s what this is made of.

Dynamic and static body parts are spalted maple, purpleheart and padauk.
The base is purpleheart.
The jaws are birdseye maple.
The handle is zebra wood. The handle knobs are babinga.
The handle holder is osage orange.

There are no nails or screws holding this together, its all glue. The only metal in the project is the main screw which is a scafolding screw and nut.

Finished with a base coat of shellac and 4 coats of Minwax spray-on lacquer.

This took about 30 hours over the past two weeks as I had time. James states in the videos, this is a pretty easy project that looks complex. I agree with him. Just make one part at a time.

The vise is 23” long, 11” tall and 12’ wide. About 50 pounds.

Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to put it! :-)
BobA in NJ

May 31, 2018

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 05-31-2018 05:50 PM

Fantastic build! That is gorgeous!!

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#2 posted 05-31-2018 06:06 PM

holy moly – that is georgeous. I can very easily tell you where to put it, if not in the mail to me then on a shelf near your busiest traffic door so EVERYBODY can see it.

-- 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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#3 posted 05-31-2018 07:06 PM

Beautiful job. Bob!


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#4 posted 05-31-2018 09:03 PM

A work of art!

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 09:51 PM

Bob: A great looking vise. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 10:59 PM

I watched all 3 parts of James King building that vice…..I was thinking of how big it was going to be, but seeing the finished product gave me pause….It turned out gorgeous…..and so did yours…They look like twins, and you did a great job of building yours…..Like was said by waho609, that is a work of art…!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 11:39 PM

A perfect compliment to the woodworker. Well done.

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

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#8 posted 06-01-2018 12:18 AM

Very nice!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 06-01-2018 01:32 AM

Excellent, almost too nice to actually use huh? LOL Great work!!

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#10 posted 06-01-2018 03:41 AM

Very attractive, and it resembles a vice, so looks like a winner

Congrats on a fine vice, and your 3. Was kidding about looking like, it is a vice.

Thanks for posting

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#11 posted 06-01-2018 03:56 AM

What a great way to use scraps! Love it; now I want one!

-- Ben in Va

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#12 posted 06-01-2018 04:14 AM

You are the man great looking vise

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#13 posted 06-01-2018 02:28 PM

I like it a lot.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#14 posted 06-03-2018 01:02 PM

One of the most beautiful tool I’ve seen here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-05-2019 01:06 PM

WOW…I love it!! I had to take a second look at the main screw and read the description again. At first I thought it had a big wood screw in it. I think you have got my interest in one. That is such an attractive vise!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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