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Hand tool tips and tricks #10: Tweaks for a Lee Valley Vise Handle

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 502 days ago 1255 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I meant to post this in my workbench re-tool blog, but I never took all the picture needed to finish that. Oh well. This is a nice way to make the handle that comes stock with a Lee Valley vise a whole lot better.

1. Get rid of the square head screw that it comes with. It looks cool, but needs to be tightened with some regularity and my square head screwdriver is never around when this needs to happen. Also, since it rides above the surface of the head there are situations when it can mar your work. Use a regular Phillips wood screw and counter-bore the thing.

2. Add an O-ring to the handle. It add a nice buffer so the head does not come loose all the time.

That’s it. A few parts you already have on hand and about five minutes of time and you will have a much improved vise.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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LeslieC

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#1 posted 502 days ago

Thanks for the tips.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 502 days ago

I have read about the O ring trick. Now I’ll need to give it a try. Thanks Ryan.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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gsuing

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#3 posted 501 days ago

Thanks, I’m so sick of tightening the square-drive screws. I was ready to make a new handle, but I’ll try your tips first.

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#4 posted 501 days ago

Interesting tip thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Tim Dahn

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#5 posted 501 days ago

Thanks! I need to do this too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Roger

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#6 posted 501 days ago

simple tip. thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#7 posted 501 days ago

Thank you bud.

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#8 posted 501 days ago

I need to post a few more of these when I get the camera in my shop.

Understanding Camber (a refinement from the original HOYD post)
Reducing cleanup on drawbore joints.
Layout Speed Tip For Squaring Ends.
Quick Glue Spreader
Using a Plow.
Cutting a Sliding DT with a chisel.

...And a few others. Any votes on which ones I do first?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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AnthonyReed

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#9 posted 500 days ago

“Layout Speed Tip For Squaring Ends.” – Sounds intriguing. I often want to see what my p.o.s. shooting board would look like as it hit the cinder block wall. And anything square seems elusive in my woodworking adventures.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 500 days ago

The o-ring is a good idea. I was thinking of cutting a washer out of 1/16” leather, but I think I will look into the o-ring and save the leather for some other project.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Richforever

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#11 posted 500 days ago

Thanks. I need to do this too.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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RGtools

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#12 posted 500 days ago

Will do Tony. The first time I took pictures of this the dialogue I planned did not make sense, so I will make a point of getting this done on my next stock prep session.

Glad people like this one. It has been a real help to me.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 500 days ago

Thanks Ryan.

-- ~Tony

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#14 posted 500 days ago

O rings work great on vise handles.

I prefer the other way with screws. Ditch your phillips drivers, and use square heads everywhere.

Of course, period stuff usually gets straight bladed, but once you ditch phillips, you never look back! ;^)

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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RGtools

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#15 posted 500 days ago

Square drive does get better grip, and I love them when I build a deck, but it just was not working for me here. To each there own. I guess its a matter of which tool you have closer at hand.

I also remember now that I used a much longer screw, the second time (2 1/2 to 3”). The combination of all those factors has kept the knobs from loosening for about a year now.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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