The One Hour Vise

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Project by Doug posted 04-28-2012 10:16 PM 5951 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a way to hold boards so that I could saw down the length of them. This vise was the solution.

Pic #1 – The vise mounted in my Unifence fence rail.
Pic #2 – The vise with all of components
Pic #3 – Bolt and handle

The movable jaw was originally destined for a cross-cut sled. The bolt consists of a 3/4” x 1-1/4” x 3” piece of White Oak with a 6” carriage bolt through the center. First I used a 9/16” forstner bit to create 1/4” deep hole to receive the head of the carriage bolt. I then drilled all the way through block with a 1/4” drill bit. From there it was a simple matter of grinding down the head of the carriage bolt alittle and pressing it into the block.The handle is made up of two pieces of White Oak glued together. The main part of the handle is 3/4” x 1-1/4” x 5”. The “T” portion is 3/4” x 1-1/4” x 1” (approx.). The main portion of the handle has a 1/8” dado into which the smaller piece is glued. I then used a 7/16” forstner bit to create a 1/4” deep hole int the top of the handle. After this I used a 1/4” drill bit to make a hole that passes all the way through the handle. The final step for the handle was to press a 1/4-20 nut into the 7/16” hole.

Here is a demonstration:

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This turned out to be a great solution. Thanks for watching.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 10:28 PM

Very cool. I don’t have the unifence to attach to but it gave me some ideas for adapting it to my own shop. Thanks!

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 10:48 PM

very smart this video got me thinking of some ideas thank you

-- reggle/england/Nothing like a good piece of hickory

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 11:54 PM

Great idea and a beautiful execution. The video was very helpful, Thanks for posting.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 01:00 PM

Thanks for the post and for the idea. I have been trying to figure out a way to add a vise to my bench and this has certainly given me some ideas.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 06:12 PM

This will uncover my beginner’s status, but I would really like it if you did a short video on the details of making the handle you demonstrated here. I know I should be able to figure it out myself, but it would be much better if you broke it down for me (us?). I don’t know how to make the wood capture a hex head bolt or hex nut and not strip out over time. Thank you for what you shared.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 12:18 AM

Love it and I have a unifence as well so I will be adding one to my fence as well!

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#8 posted 05-12-2012 01:13 PM

Very cool idea. Great work on the demo video as well. Thanks for posting it!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#9 posted 05-12-2012 02:33 PM

A table saw moxon, what a great idea! Nice video, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 09:50 PM

Very good idea, nobuckle. This idea is very practical and adaptable to many vise needs. I will probably incorporate a variation to my workbench. Thanks for sharing.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 11-04-2012 09:58 AM

Interesting idea. Any updates? I would just worry it might be extra wear and tear on my rails but I might give it a try anyway.

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 01-23-2017 08:52 PM

Watched some of the video. Your enthusiasm is understandable. I think it’s a terrific idea and I can’t wait to make one.

For a long time, I hated my Unifence. Because of this and several ideas from other LJ’s, that’s all changed. Thanks.

Here’s a direct link to the video:

-- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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