Quick Crank Vise Handle

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Project by David posted 06-21-2018 08:30 PM 2556 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of spinning my vise handle with a finger ( it’s not a quick release type ) so put together a 1/2” iron pipe nipple, one end cap, one elbow and a plug. I drilled and tapped the plug for a 5/16 x 5” machine bolt. Then I made a v groove in a piece of scrap cherry, cut it in half and glued the two pieces together. The v groove made a square hole for the bolt. After it dried, I trimmed the ends square and I counter bored the end to accept a washer. The hole was a bit too deep for my 60 degree lathe center so I put in a couple of washers and the center seated in the hole nicely. Turned the handle and finished with some Tung oil. I lightly “buggered” a couple of threads (not on the end) so when I turned it into the tapped hole, it would stay there instead of having to seat the bolt so tightly that the handle would not turn freely. You will have to put it on with a socket.

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#1 posted 06-21-2018 11:32 PM

Good idea and it WORKS!

Pretty too.

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#2 posted 06-22-2018 12:45 AM

I like the idea. I may have to adapt it. Nice job.

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

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#3 posted 06-22-2018 12:55 AM

Slick Trick I like it you did well congratulations.

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#4 posted 06-22-2018 01:34 AM

Very clever idea. Saved this to my fav’s going to have to make one for mine this winter when I cannot work outside.

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#5 posted 06-22-2018 01:52 AM

That’s a great idea. I’m going to have to think about adapting it to my vise.

I like it cause you can swing it flat so that the handle is not sticking out.

I wonder if putting a handle on both ends would make it even better.

Thanks for sharing the idea.

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#6 posted 06-22-2018 02:46 AM

I briefly thought about one on the other end and decided against it as it would hit my forearm when “cranking”. I was going to make it with 5/8 pipe but can’t find it any more. You young guys don’t remember 5/8.

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#7 posted 06-22-2018 03:18 AM


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#8 posted 06-22-2018 02:32 PM

Neat idea. I hate all the extra turns (slop) in my vise. This is a great solution to get past that quickly.

Thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 06-23-2018 02:16 AM

That is one great idea David, thanks for the inspiration.

I’m gonna have to fabricate one quickly and next week I’ll be able to lie and say you copied it off me!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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