Mini ‘leg-style’ vise for work

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-20-2018 08:39 PM 1965 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a small vise at work at the level of my bench top instead of the big blue machinist’s vise that I have access to. After thinking it over for some months, I happened upon a nice maple board. I designed the vise Ccording to what I could get out of the board and ended up on a sort of foreshortened leg vise. All the parts, save the knob and threaded rod came from that one bosrd which was salvaged from a trashed changing table.

I opted for a roundish knob instead of a sliding handle because I don’t think I’ll need to really crank down on anything. That, and I wanted the design to remain pretty compact. I kept as much of the original finish on the wood as I could and put linseed oil on the cut edges. I also lined the jaws with cork to avoid damaging anything important since I’m using this to repair violins and such.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 08:58 PM

That is really cool and a good idea to boot!
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 10:59 PM

Nice build, will be very useful.

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#3 posted 09-21-2018 12:31 AM

That looks like a handy little vise, Dave!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 01:12 AM

Clever little vise.

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 08:56 AM

So simple…great stuff!...I see it very handy and useful in a shop.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 10:17 AM

Thank you all for the kind words. I expect I’ll use this vise very often.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 09-22-2018 04:17 PM

Dandy little vise.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 09-22-2018 04:21 PM

Looks great.

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