Fileklemme / European saw vise
quick and clean
Having a Scandinavian work bench, I thought it would be right to have a fileklemme / the type of saw vise that was traditionally used in Denmark.
Today this clamp are mostly used for holding small objects, while working at the bench, since most people don’t sharpen saws these days.
I visited a friend and in the corner of his art studio this old fileklemme gave me the final push.
I decided to use plywood for stability and strength also it will be able to give a little flex.
This and some cut off’s from a 2×2,5 and a parasol frame…
No measures just a feeling and the size of my bench.
White glue and a few screws.
Inside and outside.
The inside holds the jaws and the spacers in the bottom.
The outside a strip that will hold it in position, even when the vice is open.
Had some hinges that could finally come to use.
Here mounted in the bottom, while making a little extra gap between the spacers.
I cut the top of in a angle, like this it will be more useful for saw sharpening.
Also added some antiskid to make the hold better in the jaws.
Used leather as hinge for the bigger vise.
Added a spring, to make the jaws open up by them self.
Like this you get a hand free.
Just a bolt going through and a wing nut on the other side..
Fileklemme in the bench.
The smaller one here, perhaps I made it a wee to high, there are some flex in the plywood.
If this becomes a problem the bolt can be moved up a little or the jaws moved down.
But it is in a wonderful hight and this is good for the back.
That’s it for now, made them in April last year and have used them quite a lot, they come in handy in many situations, really like a extra hand.
Hope this can inspirer others to hold on to something they like.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.