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Project by kiefer posted 12-12-2013 04:24 AM 12561 views 58 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been in the making for about a year and a half and this week it all came together .
Another addition to my table saw router table work centre until I build a work bench .
It is built from some left over prefinished hardwood flooring and miscellaneous pieces from around the shop, so very inexpensive and also a very easy build which was the main objective .
The vise is based on timing belts which I have used on several projects and operates as follows .
The upper and lower beam are connected by a strut at the back end and the chop is placed as usual on a leg vise .
The beams can slide in and out and have a 8mm/3/8” offset top to bottom and giving the vise a 15” capacity without having to crank it open .
The vice can be locked in at any point of the travel to suit the size of the object being clamped by pushing on the foot pedal which is connected to a board which has wedges attached to it and activates two blocks which engage into the timing belt on the upper and lower beam ,locking them in place .
The final clamping is done via the hand wheel bringing the chop into a parallel position .
I also built a dead man with again a timing belt clamping device which gives a very close stepped adjustment .
I am including a few more pis here to hopefully explain the function but any questions I will gladly answer as good as I can .
I hope you enjoy .
All I can say that I was pleasantly surprised how well this vise works .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 04:40 AM

That’s awesome Kiefer! great design!

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 04:54 AM

Kiefer. That is ingenious. The best design of that type of vise I have ever seen. A favorite for sure to be made at a later date. I may have to write you for details when I get going on it.

You have hit a home run there, Buddy! the timing belts really do the trick!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 04:58 AM

Great idea Klaus. You know how I feel about innovative design.
This is top of the heap stuff. Great work, any chance of a video. That would really show it off well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 05:05 AM

Absolutely great design. May have to try and make one in the future.

Where do you get the timing belts? Are they used or broken ones and from what type of vehicle?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 05:34 AM

Thanks PaulL
Appreciate the compliment .
Yes the timing belt offer a lot of possibility’s and for this they are almost perfect they sure are strong .
Thanks for the compliment and I enjoy coming up with ideas like this .
I will try to make a video of this with the camera I have and it certainly would show the function a lot better as words fail me to properly to explain this . Tyvekboy
The belts I use are from a mechanic and are used ,he replaces them as a routine maintenance item and I get them for the odd favor in return .
The are made from KEVLAR and rubber and very strong .only have one ever seen broken .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 05:41 AM

Absolutely amazing. Great job buddy. Would love to see a video. Very creative

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 05:43 AM

I’m not at all suggesting that this isn’t the coolest thing I’ve seen all week…but do you think it’s a bit overkill? What’s the justification for making such a complex vise? Again, not saying I wouldn’t sell my first child for it…just curious why….

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 06:00 AM

Thanks for the compliment and a video is on the agenda .
Thanks for taking a look and the compliment.
This vise is not complicated it all if you look at it closely , just a compilation of basic known components working in together and that was my objective .
What I wanted to accomplish is to get away from changing pins to change the opening size and the cranking to tighten the vise also I find the wheel a lot more user friendly ,easier on the old belly on impact .LOL
Besides I love playing with ideas like this and keep it simple and eliminate costs a much as possible ,the total cost on this is in the range of zero as I use material that was left over from other projects and stuff that was given to me .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 08:32 AM

Undoubtedly the easiest to use and most efficient leg vise I’ve seen to date, and we have seen so many really good ones on LJ. Very creative work Klaus. It looks great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 09:03 AM

Great leg vise. Love that wheel. Thanks for sharing.
Cute little shop dog. :-)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#11 posted 12-12-2013 09:36 AM

My congratulations on this great idea and solid build! Very impressive!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#12 posted 12-12-2013 10:39 AM

WOW!!! Fantastic, great design and execution. Plus one on all comments prior given.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 12-12-2013 11:00 AM

Amazing build and design and it LOOKS great in the shop.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 12-12-2013 11:27 AM

Outstanding design.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 12-12-2013 12:17 PM

Beautiful tool – I like the dog too

-- Dreaming patterns

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