A Good Vise To Have

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 07-29-2014 05:00 PM 10622 views 40 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vise is portable, can be mounted three different ways and sits high enough to give your back a break!

I saw this vise on the Woodsmith Shop and downloaded the free plans. I made mine from white oak. The widest parts are 2 1/4”, so I had to laminate three pieces and then mill to final size.

The large bolt, acme screws and washers can be purchased from McMaster-Carr. The two steel bands around the handle hub are actually 1/2” slices of 1 1/2” steel pipe. Rather than try and cut them straight myself I had the local hardware store cut them for me. I then filed, sanded and hit them with Scotch Brite type pads.

Photo #2 shows that the jaws are changeable. I have one set of plane oak, one lined with rawhide and a third set for irregular shapes (photo 5).

One thing you should know, the plans call for several holes of unusual widths. I was able to find one drill bit at my local Menard’s (1 1/8” – $9) and the other on sale at Woodcraft. Not sure when I’ll next need a Forstner at 1 1/16”, but it was only $8 at Woodcraft.

The vise is shown mounted to my bench with a large bolt in the rear. But, it can also be secured with a clamp. And finally, the rear portion of the vise is 1/16” narrower than the front, so you can clamp this vise into your permanently mounted bench vise!

There is a large nut on the lower acme thread (used to keep the jaws from binding) and a large nut for the mounting bolt on the rear. These are both encased in a larger wooden “nut” to make for easier manipulation (photos 3 & 4).

This was a fun project and it works excellently. If you make one, read through the plans several times before you proceed. Some holes are different sizes on one side of the vise and another on the other! Also, make sure you consider the length of the mounting bracket so that it is long enough to accommodate the holes in your bench.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 05:03 PM

That would make a nice carving vice!

-- I do this for fun.

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 08:27 PM

Could you please post a link to the mentioned Woodwright’s show or a link to the plans? I could find nothing that looks like your photos.

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 08:38 PM

Holy crap…. I am STEALING the lower acme thread and nut for my bench! I have thread galore, but very little real-estate for a lower guide bar. Thank you.

-- Matt at:

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 08:38 PM
The show is episode #609.

Sorry, I did say Woodwright – meant to say Woodsmith – I have now corrected the text.
Here is the link and I’ll be sure to include links on future posts.
Thanks for catching my error early!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 11:50 PM

That is one fine looking vise and with so many applications it has to be a winner. Hope I get time to make one someday. Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 07-30-2014 12:23 AM

Nice build on great looking vise.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 03:50 AM

Looks great, nice job.

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#8 posted 07-30-2014 11:41 AM

Sorry, I did say Woodwright – meant to say Woodsmith

That explains it :-) thanks for the quick update, that vise is probably what I was looking for.

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 02:32 PM

great looking build, thanks for sharing it

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 07-30-2014 04:29 PM

Awesome job

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#11 posted 11-22-2014 12:47 PM

Very nice vise, great workman ship thanks for sharing.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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