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