A vise and Big Sanding Disk

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-30-2020 10:23 PM 722 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I can’t go anywhere to get the wood for the next projects, I kept busy on these two things.
The first one is a little vise that I can use for small parts in my Arizona shed-shop. I found the part in the first photo in a barrel of things at a flea market and it had a broken plastic handle…so the guy gave it to me. I thought it had potential to be something so I made a pistachio handle for it in Arizona. I made some nylon jaws for it and then added a mesquite V block on the back. I feel it will be very handy in the drill press.

I have often wanted a big disk sander in my shop and I was watching a guy making segmented bowls and he used one like this . I stumbled on a 14” wide roll of sandpaper I was given years ago and put the elves to work on this 13 1/2” sanding disk. It is a piece of 5/8 maple plywood mounted on a face plate that I seldom use so that is where it will stay. If I ever have to remove it to use the faceplate, it will go right back in position on the 1/8” pin in the center.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 03-30-2020 10:31 PM

Nice save on a freebie

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#2 posted 03-30-2020 10:48 PM

Great work on the vise and sanding disk. I made a sanding disk the same way for my lathe except it was 12”.

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#3 posted 03-30-2020 10:58 PM

Here is an idea cheap faceplates, I made a couple last week, A one inch nut and then get a large washer that the nut corners just fit in to it. Weld and drill your mounting holes. One can just leave it on whatever you are making. I had made a couple of them years ago but with a smaller washer and then lathed a shoulder on the nut. small but useful.

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#4 posted 03-30-2020 11:34 PM

Love that little vice!

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#5 posted 03-31-2020 12:12 AM

Jim you sure brought that vice back to life, it looks great!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 03-31-2020 01:31 AM

Great ideas there Jim.

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#7 posted 03-31-2020 01:58 AM

Cool mods on the little vise. I can see it being very handy. I don’t have a large lathe so am speaking from ignorance, but would you need to fab up a table for the sanding disc for stability and accuracy for some stuff?

-- Darrel

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#8 posted 03-31-2020 02:13 AM

Both great fixes Jim. I especially like the disk since it looks like it could be very aggressive.

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

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#9 posted 03-31-2020 11:41 AM

I like the dual purpose of the vice! Nice move or both projects Jim!

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

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#10 posted 03-31-2020 12:26 PM

That’s the spirit…you never quit making new things. Pretty cool accessories.

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#11 posted 03-31-2020 02:17 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Brian. I have made a lot of face plates with a nut like that. In fact I grabbed a new 1 1/4”- 8 nut when I started the disk and was going to make one that way, but I wanted a big round backing plate for support. Then I found this big face plate from my old Craftsman lathe in the drawer and went that route!

Hi Darrel a table off the ways would be good for holding parts square when sanding, but I envision using this just to flatten segmented rings or big parts I need to get flat and in one plane. I have a table sketched up and may make one some day. I make so many fixtures that I have a hard time finding them when I need them. I ran out of wall space years a ago for a good visual shop where I can see every thing.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 03-31-2020 09:18 PM

Both those projects look mighty handy Jim…nice work.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 03-31-2020 09:24 PM

Thanks, Buster!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 04-01-2020 12:25 AM

Well done Jim…A great project and a great addition to the shop.


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#15 posted 04-01-2020 11:31 AM

Very creative.

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