Workbench Build #8: Leg Vise Hardware Finished..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-10-2013 07:16 PM 7550 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Picked up the last pieces of the puzzle today.. Part 8 of Workbench Build series Part 9: Finally Making Saw Dust! »

I spent the morning at the drill press working my way up 1/16” at a time from 1/4” up to 1” for the screw to feed through into the hand wheel. The larger the bit got the more difficult it became but if you go slow and don’t try to force the press it goes pretty smoothly.

Make sure you have your pilot hole absolutely centered before you drill. Mine was oh so slightly off and it became very noticeable the larger the hole got and that took some doing to mill it closer to center. I’ll pretty that up later but it functions VERY smoothly and I haven’t even greased the bearing or nut yet.

Here is my Not-So-Benchcrafted Leg Vise setup… and the mess I made at the drill press.

Next up for today is to get the wood either ready for milling or milled. Depends on how much I have to do to get the band saw setup and wheels balanced.

Thanks for reading.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 07:49 PM

Getting there!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 06:31 PM

This came out great. Everyone should put one of these on their steel leg vise screw. Those hand wheels are so cheap! The trick is getting the drill bits that will drill the right sized hole.

PurpLev is helping me get one milled to put on my wagon vise. I cant wait!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 08:30 PM

The bits were the easy part. That set in the above picture goes up to 1” and is from HF for $29. One 1” drill bit from Ace was $39 and these have done the job on 2 wheels so far! My only issue is while the hole will be centered on one side it will be off center on the other side where the bit came out. I have some wander in the press it seems but even then they all spin true so I am thinking it might be the casting.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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