Workbench Build #31: Wagon Vise Cont'd......

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-20-2013 06:32 AM 2901 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, we left off with this pile of steel waiting to be turned into a wagon vise…

I started with one of the thin pieces. I measured and scored a line the full length to mark the depth of the channel for the 2 rails.

Measured for the rail length..

Then with this piece on top I stacked all 3 pieces and clamped them together and cut the first rail to length with a cut off wheel in my angle grinder. Gotta love the smell of burnt metal in the morning :D

Next without un-clamping them I drilled the holes for the steel rivets that will hold them all together.. (I broke a bit in one of the holes so I had to drill a neighboring one.. ignore the hole with the x on it lol..)

Then I un-clamped the stack.. flipped the top piece with the score mark upside down and placed it into the middle of the stack and riveted them together. This creates the channel in the rail.

A quick test fit to see how she slides and it works like a charm :D

Then I drilled for the mounting screws and countersunk them..

After that I could use the mounting holes to mount it to the side of a scrap 4×4 and using the cutoff wheel trim off the excess from the middle layer on the back.

Hit that with the flap disc and we have 1 rail ready to go…

Rinse and repeat for the other side and both rails are done..

Next comes the sled. For this I am using the wider piece and a thinner piece that is the size of the wagon block.

Measured the length of the block and cut the guides to length..

The next step I forgot to get pics of mainly because it requires 3 hands to keep everything aligned before clamping. Basically I placed both guides on the bench, laid the steel plate on top and then the wagon block on top of that and squared everything up and adjusted the guides till they were just a smidge wider than the slot in the rails. Marked that up, clamped and then drilled for the rivets. This is where everything ended tonight because I forgot to go get some shorter rivets for this part of the build today.

Here is where we sit for tonight.

I hope to get this all assembled and functional tomorrow (fingers crossed on that).

As always more to come..

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

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 10:34 AM

Eric, I love solutions like this. I have never seen a wagon vise no less try to create one from scratch, I will watch the rest of the build with great interest. If I can ask what will hold the huge nut in the nicely cut recess when the vise is reversed??

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 11:34 AM

Damn, I needs me an angle grinder and a rivet-popper-thinger, this awesome!!! Love the picture telling too, it’s great!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 11:50 AM

AirFramer for President of the Genius Club!

Impressive work Eric, keep at it Bro.

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 01:07 PM

Great work Eric and a great design too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 01:21 PM

This bench is going to be awesome, and you can say you did everything but the threading yourself. Pretty cool

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 01:25 PM

More great progress, Eric! I am just thinking that, if you didn’t “have” to stop to document the process for our benefit, you’d probably be finished already! Thanks for taking pics and writing up your story. I’m enjoying every update.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 07-20-2013 01:43 PM

I love how your willing to push yourself. Must be paying off. I’ve only been on LJS 6months, and it seems like you’ve grown a lot as a woodworker.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 04:19 PM

Eric , Its going to be a remarkable vise. Don’t see how it could ever sag. I’ll send you my address for shipping. I guess I could pay for the shipping!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 07-20-2013 06:35 PM

Thanks everybody! Just a note that I forgot to put in the write up.. everything you see here (minus the handwheel, Acme rod and bearing) can be purchased at your local hardware store. I got all the steel at HD and the riveter at Ace. The other 3 items can be found online relatively cheaply as well. I added it all up last night and grand total for the wagon build so far is ‘round about $80. Compared to $369 for the BC version I think I am on top a bit. not quite as nice as that one but it should function just the sa

Smitty – Yes.. yes you do need one. It’s a whole lot of fun lol.

Waho – I’ll have to withdraw my nomination for that club… I’m more of the “Cheap Dumba#@ who doesn’t know any better” club type ;-)

Mos – I have been trying to do as much fabricating on this as I can mostly for the reason you stated. That and it is just simply cheaper to put in the extra few minutes to do it yourself. Although.. still not as cool as building this in an apartment on a workmate :D

DonB – The documenting is part of the fun!

BRK – Thanks Man!

Kevin – I am pretty sure you could make this yourself ;-) I think the shipping would cost more than the materials involved lol.

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

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#11 posted 07-20-2013 07:35 PM

well, to be fair, I did most of the work on a workmate and/or folding table in my parents’ garage, but thanks :-P

Cost was also part of why I ended up making my own wooden screws, as opposed to buying hardware for the leg vise and wagon vise… I like the wooden screw on the wagon vise, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the leg vise yet. I’m thinking at some point it may have to get replaced with a larger diameter one

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 09:36 PM

Nice job Eric. I love how you put that wagon vise together.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#13 posted 07-20-2013 09:45 PM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 07-20-2013 09:49 PM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 07-21-2013 02:11 AM

Impressive indeed! Favorited this for my bench build down the road.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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