|Project by JerryinCreek||posted 07-29-2014 05:00 PM||8450 views||41 times favorited||11 comments|
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."