Saw Vise

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Project by Tim Anderson posted 10-14-2013 10:30 AM 2674 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a saw vise based on the Lie Nielsen Saw Vise shown here. I made it from Poplar from Home Depot, as it was cheaper than plywood in the same size. It consists of two 24”x12”x3/4” panels and four 24”x1-3/4”x1/2” strips, two at the top and two at the bottom. I didn’t see any need for the holder strips on the outside, as my vise is small and has two parallel rods that it can rest on until I tighten it. The thumb-screw carriage bolts were added based on some other saw vises I saw around LJ.

I first glued the strips to the panels, then screwed them in and drilled the three sets of three holes for tightening the vise around various sized saws. Then I planed the tops and bottoms smooth and added a pair of cheap metal hinges at the bottom. Finally, I chiseled out square holes on the back (not shown) for carriage bolts, and added thumbscrews and washers on the front.

Now I can comfortably sharpen my saws, and all it took was a couple hours (including glue-setting time) and some cheap Home Depot poplar, though if you’re not just starting out like me, any scrap you have around would work just as well.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 03:37 PM

nice job, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 04:14 PM

Well done.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 04:19 PM


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