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Are there any examples of lathe-turned wooden handwheels for a vise?

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Forum topic by BobBlarney posted 02-20-2020 11:43 PM 444 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2020 11:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vise bench workbench

Hello,

I’m gathering bits & pieces to make a vise or two for my bench, and after shopping around for 6”-8” handwheels I’m considering turning them on my lathe. I haven’t decided whether to make it like a dished machine wheel, spoked or a solid with a crank, or make it like a flat spoked ship’s wheel.

For a dished wheel (which would be easiest to make), I could make a glued-up hardwood blank 2-1/4 or 3” thick with a 1-8TPI nut embedded in it. I could chuck that directly on my lathe spindle and turn for perfect concentricity I suppose that I could come up with other bore sizes too.

So, does anybody have advice/opinions?

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#1 posted 02-21-2020 01:56 AM

What do commercial vises use for leverage? Don’t re-invent the wheel!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 01:11 PM


What do commercial vises use for leverage? Don t re-invent the wheel!

- Phil32

So far as i can tell from here, these vises with wheels from Benchcrafted seem to work ok.

https://www.benchcrafted.com/rouboplans

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#3 posted 02-21-2020 04:41 PM

I remember some amazing bench vises in school woodshops, that required only a partial turn to release and fully extend. Others had a wooden sliding bar (lever) in a T-fitting.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 02-21-2020 05:37 PM

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#5 posted 02-21-2020 07:18 PM

It is pretty trivial to make wheels on a lathe… I’ve made dozens out of everything from wood to recycled milk jugs (HDPE). It’s also trivial to attach a spinning handle – just use a bolt with a nylock nut so it’s free to spin. There are many examples on this site… from pretty fancy to this plain one I did a while back for my Makita planer:

Cheers,
Brad

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