Hand Tool Journey #23: Carvers Vise #2

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-24-2013 08:32 PM 1904 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Late last night I ended with some small boards getting glued into larger boards.

Well this morning while the little guy was sleeping I was able to get those out of the clamps and start getting them to final dimensions.

I purposefully made the glue ups larger than needed to I can trim them to size and make up for any irregularities encountered during the glueup.

First order was to simply clean them up 4 square..

Then I ripped the sides to get to final width (did a little off both sides so a solid lamination would be centered instead of a glue line) and then measure and cut to length..

And now I have 2 jaws ready for the front to get dovetails cut and the rear to be assembled.

Then I turned my attention to the base board. Again I needed to laminate this one up from the same stock as before. I had to wait on this due to the lack of clampage (on my Christmas list lol)

Cut then glue and then we wait..

Once that comes out of the clamps I’ll dimension it the same way and start marking out the dovetail that holds the front jaw onto the base.

Now I have a question… I am thinking a hand wheel would be more convenient on this vise so it can be operated easily if the crank was turned over the bench top but every version of this vise I have seen has a handle.

Any reason a wheel would not be optimal?

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

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#1 posted 11-24-2013 10:50 PM

Eric a couple of considerations as to the handle. 1 can you get enough torque? And 2 will the wheel be in the way of a tool needEd to do work on what is held in the vise. The tee handle at least can slide from side to side to avoid work in progress if need be. You could make a cardboard representation of the wheel and see how obtrusive it really is.

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

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#2 posted 11-24-2013 10:59 PM

Eric, keep it up, man. Tough times will pass, most of us been there too.

And my vote is for crank.

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

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#3 posted 11-24-2013 11:09 PM

Look good AF. Your first picture is particularly awesome.

Thanks for taking us along.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 11-24-2013 11:18 PM

Eric don’t forget on small pieces at the end of the day the leg vise makes a wonderful clamp. Of course that doesn’t help you justify more clamps for Christmas.

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

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 03:06 AM

Eric, I would also vote for a rod style handle. This is just my opinion but you asked

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 02:48 PM

Nice looking progress, Eric.

The physics side of my brain says, “torque increases by the square of the lever length”, so that side votes for a standard vice handle. But, the artistic side says, “I love your wooden wheels!”

I say build one of EACH, and send one to me for testing. :)

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

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