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Sorry about the extreem simplicity of this jig. But it is the simpicity that makes this jig kinna special.

So I am working on the top for the dresser I am making and I had a hard time holding in my vise. At one point I had a 3/4" stick leaning into the vise to keep the thing from racking. I was going to build a little t-shaped space, but instaed I made this stack of plywood. Each shim is just under 1/4". As most jigs, I made this out of scraps.

1. The Anti-racking spacer in action, with the top of the dresser also clamped in the same vice.
2. The anti-racking spacer finished.
3. I used loctite to keep the nut on the b olt. (I could not find a lock-nut this size)
4. I drilled the whole pack of shims at the same time.
5. The shims are 2" x 3" x 1/4".
6. Hing this spacer where you can find it, but out of the way, right under the vise. (just added this a little after posting)

Below is the dresser I am working on:
http://lumberjocks.com/PaBull/blog/29471

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I will have one of those by this time tomorrow! Then I can pitch that pile of pieces I have stacked near the vise that I use for anti-rackers. What a good (Simple) idea. Thanks for posting this tip.
 

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Gota Love Simple jigs!!
 

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That is such a helpful idea. I'm frequently looking around for the right sized scrap to use as a spacer in the vice, and then of course it falls through every time I loosen the vice. This simple spacer handles both tasks. It will be the first thing I make tomorrow morning when I head down to my workshop.
 

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Gfadvm, that's the best complement I could ask for. Thanks!

Kranky, yup love simple! Just cutting out all those extra steps, so we have more time to post on LJ.

Grant, welcome to the ARVS-club. I think we should all be doing it, right. Just do it with moderation.

Pabull.
 

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Woodbridge, we will make you a ARVS-member too!

Pb.
 

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Anti-Racking Vise Spacer
lol
 

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It's a great jig. I made one out of 1/4-inch hardboard, and I use it all the time.
 

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That's a project that has "copy me" all over it.

Sign me up for the ARVS club - you may have just saved my vice from an untimely replacement (painful though that may be). Thank you
 

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Thanks for the tip. Simplicity at its finest. I love it!
 

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Phil, great idea to use hard board for this spacer.

Tootles, you are in, member of the ARVS-club. I still have a position open for secretary in the club, what do you think? I am glad you did not send your vise into early retirement.

Doug, I am just a simple man, with simple ideas, making simple jigs. I am glad you love it.

Pb.
 

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Been an ARVS Club member since 4-23-12 at 2:16 P.M. (if I pass initiation)
 

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:-(
another club to join before geting a full member of L J …..
let me see how many is it
cuttingboard , wineholder , clamps , Lazysuzan , hinges, drillpresstable , sawbench , tooltote
greasebox , proppebly forgotten more than a few , and now the ARVS-club

well congrat´s Chairman Pabull with your new title ….. :)

count me in tommorow as well

thanks for sharing the idea

Dennis
 

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That's one of those "why didn't I think of that" items that hits you upside the head! Definitely on my list of things I need to make. Thanks for posting this, PaBull
 

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Hi Willie, you have always such nice complements, thanks. Did you notice your 604 on the dresser?

Dennis, I think you are the FULLEST member of LJ already, they don't come any fuller than you…. ;-). And this comes straight from the chairman of the ARVS-club himself!!!

PaBull.
 

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Great little jig to have, thanks for posting.
 

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Genius! I'm loving that bedrock sitting on the carcass.
 

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You are welcome, Bob.

Al, keep your hands off my Bedrock. Only for looks…..

Pb.
 

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very nifty, very simple, very useful idea. OH, congrats on the top-3 badge also
 
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