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Hand Tool Journey #22: Carvers Vise #1

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 231 days ago 1330 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: New Mallet No. 3.. Advise Needed.. Part 22 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 23: Carvers Vise #2 »

This is something I have been planning on building for a few months now. I have been putting it to the side until today when I realized I could really use it right now for my layout swap item.

While I was building my workbench I was searching the net for vises just to get some ideas and inspiration for the ones on the bench and I came across the Benchcrafted Carvers Vise.

It looked pretty nifty but like many of their products I simply cannot justify the price when it can be made from big box bought items save for the ACME rod. I ordered a 3 foot section of 3/4” ACME rod from MC along with 2 nuts for under $20 iirc.

I dug through my wood pile and I have a few left over oak laminations that were intended for use on my bench but weren’t needed in the end. That plus a number of cutoffs and I think I have all I should need to build this.. I think lol.

So here is what I am working with..

Now I am only loosely following the build instructions found on BC’s website. I also have a set of plans from Shop Notes which has slightly different dimensions and construction. Between the 2 I am going to cobble this together somehow.

First order of business is to make some small boards into larger boards for the 2 jaws. None of the pieces are large enough to make the jaws from so a pair of laminated oak jaws it is. Once these are glued I plan to sink some dowels through them across the grain to add some strength. I have my fingers crossed this will be strong enough.. should be fine.

The front longer jaw in work..

And then the shorter rear jaw and glue up..

And that is just about where we end for tonight. The only thing worse than waiting for paint to dry is waiting for glue to dry lol.

Stay tuned for more..

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 231 days ago

This will be great to follow. I am really looking forward to the time when you find that you are in need of a space shuttle and you construct it from items you buy at the $0.99 store.

-- ~Tony

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Airframer

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#2 posted 231 days ago

Me to Tony… Me to..

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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yuridichesky

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#3 posted 231 days ago

Eric, I’m sure you somehow cracked time travel secret so that you have no time limits :-)

Will be pleasure to follow this one.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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terryR

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#4 posted 231 days ago

Eric, this an awsome build…ummm…can you build TWO while you’re at it? :)

Thanks for sharing the inspiration, and information on how to do this…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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hoss12992

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#5 posted 230 days ago

I really look forward to following your build on this one. Would you mind sharing a link for the ACME rod?

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Airframer

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#6 posted 230 days ago

Here you go Hoss.. http://www.mcmaster.com/#general-purpose-acme-rods/=piunqw I bought the 3/4” – 6 Plain Steel 3ft for $14.00

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#7 posted 227 days ago

Eric – what was the shipping on that? McMaster always amuses me with not informing you of that cost until you receive the item.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 212 days ago

Eric, and others watching this thread, here is a vise from another company. I like the proportions better than the BenchCrafted version. Anyway this guy has a lot of photos and you can really see what’s going on.
How are you coming with yours Eric? I started one a long time ago but got bogged down on the metal work of the side plates. I’ve got some brass that I was going to use (I had it as scrap from a metal worker friend) but im not sure it’s beefy enough. I need to look into some heavier stock. Do you have a source? Are you usng steel?
http://www.owwm.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=88938&p=608649&hilit=Vise#p608649

Jim

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

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Airframer

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#9 posted 212 days ago

It is still in work but kinda stalled at the moment due to the holiday insanity and a bit of the plague floating around the AF house lol.

I’m actually getting back at this build this morning and will have an update posted sometime today hopefully. I too am a bit stuck at the metal parts but I have a plan and will be sharing that shortly as well. Stay tuned for more on that.

You have mentioned “proportions” a number of times in reference to this vise.. which proportions are you speaking of exactly? The jaw shape? I have to be honest that it was the smallish jaw shape of the BC version that first intrigued me about the vise. I seems you would have more flexibility to move your tool around the work piece with the smaller jaw tips than the wider ones. I am probably wrong but that is my thinking at least.

If I do mostly smaller shaping/carving would the wider jaws still be better?

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Boatman53

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#10 posted 211 days ago

I didn’t mean to get you all paranoid Eric. To my eye the jaws are too small for the size of everything else, nothing more. These were/are very popular with carousel horse carvers, mostly big pieces. If smaller pieces are your main thing the smaller jaws will give better access. When we make our own tools, we can fit them up to suit the work we want to do, as opposed a mass marketed item. Keep at it. Have fun.
Jim

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

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 198 days ago

The holidays have been over for almost 24 hours now, why isn’t this vise done?

-- ~Tony

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