$6.06 Dovetail vise or basement jig holder, whatever you want to call it.

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Project by exit116 posted 10-09-2013 09:12 PM 3114 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not the best looking one around but it works.
A 6” wide piece of treated pine was used for the base, because it was free and I did not feel safe putting it in the fire pit. I found a maple footboard in the trash; it had two legs a small and large panel the large piece had a crack in, as per why it was setting on the curb, so now it is fire-pit-wood. On the top of the leg, it tapered in too much to be good for anything but a small piece so it became the part where the handle meets the face. The part of the leg that didn’t have metal for the slats became the back of the vice, just glue and brad nailed in a rabbit in the pine base. The small panel was used for the face of the vice. So far good and free. I clamped the face to the back and drilled a 5/16” hole on both sides for the all thread, which cost me $2.29 apiece. I used t-nuts in the front face of the back of the vice, which cost me $0.59 apiece. The short part of the handle from the footboard had a 5/16” nut which was counter sunk with a chisel cost $0.15. The long part of the handle came from rusted through pruning shears my wife was throwing away. I use two f style clamps one on each end to hold it down, and when a board is fully clamp in the vice, the pool table I have it hook to will left but the board won’t move even if you hit it with a hammer (had to try it). Therefore, for $6.06 I’m happy, plus my shooting board and miter board now have cleats on the bottoms so they can lock in the vice. maybe it’s time I make a work bench in the basement, have fun

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 09:36 PM

Cool idea! Thanks!!

Like your crank knobs!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 11:40 PM

Great job

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 11:42 PM

hey Lew, not bad for trash-bound stuff, even for a time traveler.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 02:59 AM

Nice…. a felt lined work bench!!! Now thats class….lol Great project exit.

-- 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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