Bench vice spacer - get a grip man...

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Project by mafe posted 01-02-2015 05:12 PM 3932 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bench vise spacer
get a grip man…

When you clamp in the vise and want a even pressure, you need a spacer, I usually had a handful of little wood pieces in in the workbench tray, but one day I stood and looked and some old wooden blinds, I could imagine a better way that would be more handy and take less searching for the right piece.

1. The spacer after dye and wax.
2. In use.
3. A stack of spacers, getting a hole..
4. Some nice brass screws, just for the pleasure, knurled for easy use.
5. Cut to even size.
6. Shape for looks and touch.

I made the size so I can store it inside the bench, like this it is right at hand when needed.

Now clamping in the vise are faster and with a smile.

Hope this can inspire,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 05:20 PM

Once and for all


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#2 posted 01-02-2015 05:24 PM

‘Nuff said….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 05:27 PM

Simplicity at its’ best!

Thanks, Mads!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 05:30 PM

Leave it to you Mads. Great idea.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 05:53 PM

Wooden feeler gauges, waw.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 05:53 PM

Great idea Mads. Wish I had some old wooden blinds lying around. Thats a great way to repurpose old blinds.

Funny you posted this just now. I made one last week and just haven’t posted mine yet. Watch for it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 06:12 PM

cutting edge
clamping edge
working edge

but the best
is sharing edge

you do that well mads

thank you for that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 01-02-2015 06:33 PM


Brought back memories, as a setup machinist. We made same from steel offcuts for use while clamping castings for initial cuts.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#9 posted 01-02-2015 08:00 PM

Nice, Mads! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 01-02-2015 08:26 PM

Lovely set of spacers Mads, but I hope you haven’t burnt your logo into each individual spacer. :o)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 01-02-2015 09:35 PM

Great idea Mads! As always, nice wood and brass for every shop need!

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 01-02-2015 09:54 PM

good idea Mads.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 01-02-2015 10:55 PM

The thinkin man is at it again ::))
have a great 2015 Mads

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 01-03-2015 12:00 PM

Nice one Mads, I think we all can use this one!

Curiosity question: In picture 2 of 6, is that miniature saw horse?

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

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 01:59 PM

Good stuff Mads. A gr8 solution to a racked vise.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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