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Blog entry by jordanp posted 03-30-2014 11:38 PM 1674 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hadn’t planed on making a new vise this weekend. It all started when a friend called and said his dad had a broken down craftsman radial arm saw. He had asked if I wanted it because he was going to haul it off to the dump, of course my response was heck yes! That’s a free tool stand at minimum.

I tore it down and used the stand for my bench top drill press.
I took the motor off to keep just in case I needed a replacement for something down the line.

My 3 yr old was very fascinated with the whole process and continued trying to take the rest of the RAS apart.

So I figured I would sit with him and show him how it all came apart. Low and behold in the main column that raises and lowers the saw was a nice 5/8” stainless steel threaded rod that was about 15” long.

Instantly I was thinking Vise! Due to the fact I had a $20 HF special. It also had a round cylinder that was threaded in the middle.

So I grabbed a few pieces of reclaimed hard wood and went to work.

I was trying to come up with a handle for it until I remembered it had this little guy as well.

Added some 3/4” cherry dowels I had laying around for sliding support rails.

Surprisingly it works very well!
Just remember before you throw it away take a closer look at it,
You never know what you might make with those left over machines/parts..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 12:00 AM

That’s fantastic Jordan, very good!

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 12:17 AM

Good thinking

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 09:13 AM

Very resourceful Jordan. It looks like a great vise.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 11:55 AM

Thats how its done, and you got the 3year olds gears turning.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 07:49 PM

I love to here about when someone sees one thing and thinks another.
Good job keep it uip

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 01:19 AM

That’s a cool find…...good one for the little man…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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