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Project by HankLP posted 03-03-2021 05:50 PM 711 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw plans for this vise in Wood Magazine and thought of the many times I could have used it. The fixed and moveable jaws are made of one piece of Ash, and the dovetail runners are Cocobolo. The plans were ok, but I believe there was some misinformation on the dovetail size. The plans also called for a 1/4” plate to be drilled and tapped, then inserted in a mortised recess in the moveable jaw. Not having the plate on hand, I chose to split the jaw, insert a 3/8” nut and oversized washer, and glue the pieces back together. The fixed jaws were glued down to the plywood then drilled and doweled to secure in place. The small knob is ok for tightening the jaws, but a drill can be used to move the jaws quickly over a larger distance when necessary. It has already been used to end drill some short dowels.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 09:17 PM

Pretty neat project.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Eric

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#2 posted 03-04-2021 01:17 AM

Nice little project, should get much use. I would think the base would need to be longer as to clamp it to the table. You want to use a star knob for a better grip.

-- Eric, building the dream

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HankLP

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#3 posted 03-04-2021 04:59 AM

Eric,
I added a photo showing the clamps using the 3/8” t-track. There should be no problem clamping the vise in any configuration. And I gotta say, “your shop is looking good!”

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 03-04-2021 05:28 AM

For the crank you could use a larger diameter wheel and a dead mans handle. Would be alot easier to run down and you can still use the power tool.

Like this:

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Eric

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#5 posted 03-04-2021 11:10 AM

T track would work well.

Thanks for the shop comment, I am getting there, now to add more tools.

-- Eric, building the dream

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HankLP

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#6 posted 03-06-2021 02:13 AM

Woodbutcher,

Thanks for the tip on the wheel. I may take care of that when I’m not doing someone elses project. Nice home page, and nice shop.

Hank

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 03-15-2021 08:36 PM

Fine vice and great finish.

-- James E McIntyre

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