Anti-racking vise spacer

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Project by PaBull posted 04-23-2012 01:08 AM 6900 views 18 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about the extreem simplicity of this jig. But it is the simpicity that makes this jig kinna special.

So I am working on the top for the dresser I am making and I had a hard time holding in my vise. At one point I had a 3/4” stick leaning into the vise to keep the thing from racking. I was going to build a little t-shaped space, but instaed I made this stack of plywood. Each shim is just under 1/4”. As most jigs, I made this out of scraps.

1. The Anti-racking spacer in action, with the top of the dresser also clamped in the same vice.
2. The anti-racking spacer finished.
3. I used loctite to keep the nut on the b olt. (I could not find a lock-nut this size)
4. I drilled the whole pack of shims at the same time.
5. The shims are 2” x 3” x 1/4”.
6. Hing this spacer where you can find it, but out of the way, right under the vise. (just added this a little after posting)

Below is the dresser I am working on:

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 01:15 AM

I will have one of those by this time tomorrow! Then I can pitch that pile of pieces I have stacked near the vise that I use for anti-rackers. What a good (Simple) idea. Thanks for posting this tip.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 01:15 AM

Gota Love Simple jigs!!

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 01:21 AM

I’m doing it. Thank you, great idea!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 01:38 AM

That is such a helpful idea. I’m frequently looking around for the right sized scrap to use as a spacer in the vice, and then of course it falls through every time I loosen the vice. This simple spacer handles both tasks. It will be the first thing I make tomorrow morning when I head down to my workshop.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 01:41 AM

Gfadvm, that’s the best complement I could ask for. Thanks!

Kranky, yup love simple! Just cutting out all those extra steps, so we have more time to post on LJ.

Grant, welcome to the ARVS-club. I think we should all be doing it, right. Just do it with moderation.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 01:43 AM

Woodbridge, we will make you a ARVS-member too!


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 02:33 AM

ARVS?... hmm.

EDIT: Nevermind, got it…it’s late.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 02:37 AM

Anti-Racking Vise Spacer

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 03:12 AM

It’s a great jig. I made one out of 1/4-inch hardboard, and I use it all the time.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 09:39 AM

That’s a project that has “copy me” all over it.

Sign me up for the ARVS club – you may have just saved my vice from an untimely replacement (painful though that may be). Thank you

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#11 posted 04-23-2012 01:31 PM

Thanks for the tip. Simplicity at its finest. I love it!

-- Doug

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#12 posted 04-23-2012 02:18 PM

Phil, great idea to use hard board for this spacer.

Tootles, you are in, member of the ARVS-club. I still have a position open for secretary in the club, what do you think? I am glad you did not send your vise into early retirement.

Doug, I am just a simple man, with simple ideas, making simple jigs. I am glad you love it.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 06:15 PM

Been an ARVS Club member since 4-23-12 at 2:16 P.M. (if I pass initiation)

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#14 posted 04-23-2012 06:49 PM

another club to join before geting a full member of L J …..
let me see how many is it
cuttingboard , wineholder , clamps , Lazysuzan , hinges, drillpresstable , sawbench , tooltote
greasebox , proppebly forgotten more than a few , and now the ARVS-club

well congrat´s Chairman Pabull with your new title ….. :-)

count me in tommorow as well

thanks for sharing the idea


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#15 posted 04-23-2012 08:00 PM

That’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” items that hits you upside the head! Definitely on my list of things I need to make. Thanks for posting this, PaBull

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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