Saw-Sharpening Vice

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Project by acducey posted 08-15-2011 08:49 PM 7756 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This simple shop-made jig gets the job up within reach and eye-shot.
It is modeled after an article in Popular Woodworking (June 2010, pp. 52-53) by Robert Lang titled “Shop-made Saw Vice.” My version has slightly different dimension, as detailed below.

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 09:26 PM

nice vise, thanks for posting

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 10:12 PM

Looks great! Any chance we can get either some more photos, or a link to the plans, or just more information about the dimensions, etc?

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 11:06 PM

I bought a real one at an antique shop for $11. I was surprised they were so cheap. Yours looks very serviceable.

Nice build.

-- Steven

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#4 posted 08-15-2011 11:30 PM

The inspiration came from a magazine that I have evidently lost or misfiled. The base and saw clamps are 3 1/2×17 inch maple, and the vertical oak supports are about 12 /1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with 1 1/4×1/4 inch rabbets at the top to receive the saw clamps. The base with it’s right angle supports is glued to the back vertical. Everything else is just screwed together, so that it can be taken apart should I want to replace, or tinker with the fit on the saw clamp. I used standard 3/4 inch stock, whereas the original article used 7/8 stock. So on mine, the 1 1/2 tall spacer block needs to be 1 1/4 inches thick to keep the verticals parallel. The vice can either be clamped to the bench or use hold-downs, using another clamp to put pressure on the vice. It worked, “right out of the box.”

If I find the original article, I’ll post the source, but I think the above should provide sufficient information.

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 11:56 PM

Nice report, AC!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#6 posted 08-16-2011 04:37 PM

Oddly enough I’d never heard of a saw vise until this weekend when I bought one cheap at a flea market.

I’m hoping to use mine as a tool rest for an old lathe we bought off craigslist.

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting that order.

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#7 posted 08-17-2011 08:54 PM

sweet! I’ve been wanting to sharpen my hand saws, but don’t want to buy a saw vise. That’s a great design.

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