Andy Klein's Twin Turbo Vise Build

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Project by Rayne posted 02-09-2020 01:33 AM 1328 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ. I finally got the time to post this amazing vise project. I backed this project on Kickstarter and started building away upon receipt. If you don’t know what this is, it is a 2-speed, gear-driven vise. Pulling the handle in the out position makes the vise travel in slow mode (typical vise speed) and pushing the handle in (engaging the inner gears) makes the vise travel in Fast mode. Here are some links below so you can get a better idea:
Introduction to the Vise:
Final Design Update:
Here’s his site to see what he has to offer:

Let me know what you think!

Alright, let’s get to the build.

Fresh package. You can smell the steel at this point. (That’s the amazing cork rubber on top. This thing grips like no other)

Nicely packaged, although mine was one of the very first packaged that was later changed due to potential damage to the acrylic front.

Acrylic front with protective sheets on it.

At this point I had to buy some appropriately sized lumber for the chops. Went to both Rockler and Woodcraft and was able to buy some nice Padauk and Hard Maple at very reasonable prices (both were on sale so very nice). I wanted to do a 2-tone design and don’t regret it one bit.

Resawed hard maple. Honestly didn’t think my PC bandsaw with a riser block would do this well, but it did and I was very happy with it.

Laying out where I need to cut so the steel plate will fit nicely.

Made the cut on the Padauk and glued it to the maple. (obviously after milling, planing, sanding to size).

Testing the fit of the steel plate, marking out the holes for the tube, and marking the tap and recess holes

Everything drilled, tapped, and recessed. The 2 holes to either side of the center hole are not as deep as it should have been. Andy’s original video said 3/4”, but it should be 7/8”. Most of us found out the hard way, but all new builders should be in the clear now.

Endgrain profile look. (It’ll look very blended once you see the end result)

Time for some hardware assembly.

Gears assembled. Looking beautiful already.

Used a brass wheel cup to “clean” the steel plate. Pattern looks great.

Put polycrylic on the steel to prevent rust after using the cup wheel.

Initial gear install per Andy’s instructions.

My bench is pretty thin at 2-1/2” and made with pine, so I used my old chops (Oak) since it’ll take more of a beating that Pine ever will.

Setting up the guide blocks. My slab of oak was off the bench, so this was easy to do.

Using clamps to make sure the blocks were flush.

Oak piece installed with the guide block and the steel plate waiting patiently for the install.

Setting up the screw guide. The hard maple you see here has been planed to make my bench 4” thick in total. My bench is only 2-1/2” thick so I need to increase it to meet the vise requirements. Once again, this helps me lay out the guide block here on top of the bench instead of under.

Guide blocks installed and bench thickness is now 4”. Perfect for the vise.

Time for gears and acrylic install. Looks fantastic.

Just a few of the back of the steel plate

Now, the chops design calls for the acrylic to lay on top of the chops, but I modified it in that I wanted the acrylic recessed. I adjusted the thickness of both the Maple and Padauk to match so the Acrylic will lay flat with the steel plate being completely flat as well with no pressure on either. What you see here is the only setup I had on-hand to rabbet a 1/8” recess. It is a dremel in a Craftsman plunge base using a tiny rabbet bit. I was shocked this worked so well as you will see.

What a mess. PRO TIP: Vacuum Padauk. NEVER try to wipe this off of any surface as it will just bleed in. I’ve had previous experience with bleed ins and it’s not pretty.

Nice looking rabbet considering what I was using.

Mostly cleaned up. Looks great so far.

Awwww yeah. Perfect test fit.

Hardware-complete vise installed to test fit. I didn’t take any photos, but I trimmed, planed, sanded, and rounded the edges of chop after this test fit.

Bottom view of the completed hardware install

Taped off the center and the back to put a finish on it. I taped it off because I was unsure how much thickess it would add due to the acrylic being recessed. It was already perfect, so I didn’t want any kind of film increasing it (probably over analysed it, but oh well).

Close up of the finish. Love it.

Close up of the finished install.

Vise is now complete. Love this thing.

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#1 posted 02-09-2020 02:31 AM

That is very slick. Attractive and cool to look at in the shop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-09-2020 03:42 AM

WOW! I’ll never forget this great vise! It’s Super Duper!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-09-2020 02:29 PM

I see a lot more pride than tool – that’s how it should be with this

-- 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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#4 posted 02-09-2020 04:55 PM

Now THAT is a VISE!!! I officially have vise envy.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 02-11-2020 02:32 PM

That is an awesome build, I really like the look. I feel like it was kinda dumb luck that I happened to make the perimeter of the front plate exactly 1/8” bigger than the back plate all the way around so that you could recess it flush with that bit. Better lucky than good I guess.

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#6 posted 02-12-2020 03:15 PM

This thing is awesome! I’d be squeezing everything in my shop just for the heck of it.

Awesome work…Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 02-20-2020 05:11 PM

Wow, that is cool. You will definitely get the wow effect when someone walks in and sees that. Thanks for sharing.

-- John in Florida

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#8 posted 02-24-2020 06:06 AM


Love your vise. Been following your progress on your channel for some time. Hope to purchase some day.

Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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