Double pipe-clamp end vise

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Project by elduque posted 03-19-2013 10:15 AM 14817 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made from a couple of old pipe clamps and some scrap wood out of a thrown-away bathroom sink cabinet.

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 12:00 PM

Very cool idea…...well done

-- 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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#2 posted 03-19-2013 12:17 PM

Can we see more views of this??? Nice

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 12:18 PM

How clever. Do you have more pictures? Well done


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#4 posted 03-19-2013 12:45 PM

Really sweet idea!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 03:15 PM

Would love to see the view from the top on this.

-- Adam from Indiana -

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 08:52 PM

I would love to see some more shots from the top as well. It sounds like a really good idea.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 10:46 PM

It looks like a great idea. Does it work well?

-- Time to get started

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 10:58 PM

Nice bench and vice!

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 11:09 PM

That looks like it’ll work. I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing with a small portable tabletop bench.

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 11:22 PM

I will take some more views of this. Most of the work is right there seen from underneath.
First: the pipes –
The pipes were rusty,crusty, and beat up from being used far above and beyond intended purposes. So I chucked them up in a pipe threader, cut off the ends, and re-threaded them.Then I chucked them up in a lathe, and sanded them smooth with an angle grinder (60-grit,100-grit), then 3M scotchbrite.Once they were smooth and shiny, I treated them with gun-blue, then waxed them.They slide like fire-arm parts now.
The angle iron -
The angle iron was a hunk of rusty scrap that was exactly 2 feet long. So, I sandblasted it with aluminum oxide, cut it in half on the bandsaw, rounded it off on the belt sander,bored the holes for the pipes, drilled and counter-sunk the screw holes on the Wells-Index mill, then shot it with green “catti-coat” aircraft primer.

The wood –
The baseplate and jaws came from an old bathroom sink cabinet that was set out to the curb after next-door re-modeling job. I hammered that old cabinet apart, and cut the usable plywood to size.

THIS is the important part –
This humble home made vise was mounted to my bench with Simpson strong-tie self-tapping #10 wood screws.Those screws are a breeze to install. No pre-drilling.

I will snap and post a few more photos of this vise.

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#11 posted 03-20-2013 12:32 AM

Are you limited to just the capacity of the screws on the head of the pipe clamp?
Or is there an easy way to release the tail of the mechanism to move it out a tad, giving you more clamping capacity.
In this post, I showed the one I made. I used long pipes, and set up a simple but effective release mechanism. I can clamp objects up to about five feet. That sounds and extreme, and I’ve never used it for anything over about two foot out, but hey, you never know.


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#12 posted 03-20-2013 09:54 PM

Lee valley is selling hardware based on this idea :

Pipe Vise,41659

The nice thing is that you can unlatch it by pulling on a string; so if you use long tubes you don’t need to be near the button.

But I am sure William could modify its system to achieve the same result (if needed).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 10:39 PM

I am most likely going to hook up a cable system to unlock the tabs and move the pipes. Right now, I have to get underneath the table, unlock each tab individually, and slide each pipe one at a time. Still, the vise does work. It was an experiment that was a success.
Hooking up a cable system will be another experiment.

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 01:41 AM

Elduque, it is still a great vice. I was just wondering about it. If you hadn’t, I hoped to plant the idea anyway. I love mine.

Sylvain, thank you for posting that link. I like that push button release. I hadn’t thought of an enclosed button to push the release. I think I can build something like that in my shop. I will work on that one when I get a chance.


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#15 posted 06-19-2013 01:41 AM

Could you connect the clamp ends to the piece of angle nearest the end, and just use the far angle (or 2X4) as guide/slide holes? That could make it easier to get to the clamp ends for sliding the jaw out, and you could actually use longer pipes (with end caps) and only be limited in vise capacity by the length under your bench! Just thinking out loud!

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