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Project by kiefer posted 03-21-2014 08:43 PM 5542 views 19 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wracking in my inexpensive ( FREE ) tail vise just about drove me crazy ,every time I wanted to clamp some thing on the end of the jaw I had to put a block or something on the other end to keep the jaw parallel to the bench end.
I looked around and found some solutions on the net but non seemed what I was looking for so I came up with this solution and it works quite well.
The stop I built is a piece of 3/4” threaded rod with a heavy arbor washer attached to one end and the washer is faced with leather so it won’t mark the vise jaw .
The rod slides in and out in a hole in the end of the bench and is locked in place by a half nut and cam mechanism at any point of the vise travel and can retract into the end of the bench when no in use and pops out powered by a spring when required .
To operate the anti wracking mechanism I open the locking mechanism cam lever and the rod pops out and I simply pull it against the jaw then place my work piece in the vise slightly loose and lock the rod with the cam lever mechanism and tighten the vise and the other end stays parallel held in place by the anti wracking stop .
What I like about this is that it easy to use and always in place with the locking mechanism easy to reach and operate and I may add another on the left side of the vise .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 08:49 PM

Ahhhh…. The old threaded rod and half nut trick. .... Very clever.
A good buddy of mine (and a creative genius) recently devised a devilishly clever leg vice based on the same principle. I hope this isn’t a case of plagiarism….. :-)

Nice one Klaus.

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 08:59 PM

Yaa PAUL that threaded rod has many uses around here and I have a few feet left and may solve another issue or two that bother me .
I hope to see the Sketchup drawing of the vise soon so I can explain it better to you guys as a lot of you don’t seem to understand the simple mechanism .
Take care Klaus

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 09:24 PM

Very cool Klaus. I like the way you come up with simple solutions to problems that have puzzled others for centuries.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-21-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks Mike
I came up with this because I can never fid the shim stop when I need it. This I can’t loose can I ?


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-21-2014 09:27 PM

Great solution to an annoying problem. Another option is Lee Valley’s Vise Rack Stop (,41659). Less than $15. Easy to use, adjust in seconds, move from vise to vise (if you have more than one).

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 09:30 PM

That is the type I cant find when I need it this one I cant loose I hope .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 09:32 PM

That is a great idea. I have the same problem on occasion with my small vise. Thanks again for doing the thinking. As Paul mentioned, + one for threaded rod. That stuff is almost as good as duct tape.

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

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 09:37 PM

Hi Dave
You bet I always keep some T/ROD around it has gotten me out od many situations .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 09:44 PM

Simple and ingenious! Nice job.

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

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 09:53 PM

Thanks Jay
Like they say keep it simple .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 03-21-2014 10:24 PM

That is a slick solution to an annoying problem…Threaded rod and a little brain power can accomplish a lot.

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 11:46 PM

Nice solution. Where did you get the cam?
It looks like a nice one.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 03-21-2014 11:58 PM

Thanks Greg
I like the solution and that T/ROD in just handy stuff.

Thanks Jeff
The cam came of a plastic hold down I picked up years ago but it never worked very good so I started using the parts .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 03-22-2014 12:01 AM

Elegant! Where did you get the cam?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 03-22-2014 12:41 AM

Great idea, and fantastic solution to an age old problem. The ingenuity of woodworkers continues to amaze me with every project like this that shows up here in LJs.

-- "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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