End Vise

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Project by HankLP posted 04-19-2019 03:32 AM 928 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this vise primarily to hold irregular shaped items, and items with non-parallel sides. The fret filing and the small bit of chisel work on the banjo went quicker and easier with this setup. Vise is made from hem fir with “ultra-suede” jaw faces provided by my wife from her fabric collection – we will see how it wears. The 3/4 inch diameter acme threads with only 6 threads per inch spin freely for quick setup. The jaw opening is 3 1/2 inches, but the threaded rods can be pulled out another 2 inches if needed for a 5 1/2 inch opening.

This also works very well with the “self-centering mortise jig” shown in the previous project.

UPDATE: See photo six. Added two removable “stop blocks” to the front face of the vise, aligned with a few more holes in the work bench. This will be a useful clamp for edge joining instrument wood.

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#1 posted 04-19-2019 03:40 AM


I bet it will be useed very often!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 04-19-2019 12:48 PM


-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 04-19-2019 03:07 PM

Nicely done, might have to steal this. Thanks.

-- Ed, Dawson Creek “It is easier to get forgiveness than permission”

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#4 posted 04-20-2019 10:49 AM

Great design! How are the threaded rods held into the piece?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#5 posted 04-21-2019 06:32 AM

Take a look at the fourth photo – there is a nut sandwiched between the rear vice face and the 2X block behind it, and another nut behind the 2X block. The rods are plenty sturdy, though I expected them to sag a bit.

And thanks everyone for your comments. I’ve found this to be very useful though I built it on a lark.

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#6 posted 04-21-2019 11:27 AM

Looks plenty handy in the shop! Might be a good blog item if you can spare the time…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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