A little Shop helper............

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Project by redryder posted 02-09-2014 08:11 PM 3535 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a perfect woodworking world I would have only wood oriented vises. But my shop is used for a lot more than just my wood working addiction. I have to sharpen lawn mower blades, cut metal pipe, wrestle with stuck nuts and bolts and fix whatever the grandkids manage to break. So a metal vise is a must.

These little vise helpers allow me to use my metal vise for both wood and metal objects. This vise has 5 inch jaws so I made 7 inch wood accessories. Just oak scrap glued together. Two rare earth magnets from Rockler epoxied to the back of each and peal and stick cork purchased from Lowes. I have the peal and stick cork on my other wood vise and I like the way it “gently” treats my wood projects from injury. I can now use both or either vise for my “sensitive” wood things and bang away when I need it for metal items.

Very quick, easy and a no brainer to put together…......................

-- mike...............

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 08:21 PM

Smart idea! I don’t really have room for big bench vises… this will work!


-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 08:29 PM

COOL use of those Drill Bit guides too! :) :)

That Cork peal & stick stuff looks great! The stuff also would keep the magnets from coming out of the wood!
... it seems like every time I glue those magnets in like that, they always eventually get pulled out! Very frustrating!
... the last time I tried gluing them was with my Plane Storage unit… I think I used epoxy or JB Weld and they are staying SO FAR!

I like the way you have your vise at a 45* angle on the corner… COOL Tip!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 09:10 PM


I also use a scab on the metal working vise for woodworking. I actually do NOT have a woodworking vise.

I also use drop spacers in between the bottom parts to give a more even clamping on the actual jaws.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 09:48 PM

Great idea! I made wood jaws for my vise and keep those installed most of the time for my metal working vise. I like your idea better because they are quickly and easily removed to have the other jaws exposed. Mine I have to unscrew and screw to change mine out. Thanks for sharing!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 10:30 PM

I like the magnet idea. Good thinking. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 11:30 PM

Very nicely done. I have something very similar, but I used leather instead of cork because I use mine for gunsmithing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 12:45 PM

Great idea.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 02:09 PM

Really gr8 idea. I like the cork and magnets. Good thinkin.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 05:03 PM

Looks great..I too have a metal vise and have been using it with 2 scrap pieces of wood to hold the workpiece. Now I need to get some magnets and it will be good to go.

Excellent idea with positioning the vise on the corner.


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#10 posted 02-11-2014 02:05 AM

What a great idea Mike! I plan to hang onto this idea and apply it to my own workshop vise. To date I’ve been using felt pads to protect wood projects during clamping. That works … but your setup seems a way better idea! Thanks for sharing this!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 04:53 AM

Nice looking soft jaws with magnets to secure them! Those will come in handy when you need the vise for wood!
And, those magnets are finding more and more uses in woodworking even though wood is not magnetic!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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