|Project by tyvekboy||posted 01-04-2015 01:38 AM||3319 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
Jan 3, 2015
Mafe beat me to the punch when he posted his Bench Vice Spacer a couple days ago. I really liked how his turned out but I had to share my version of this device.
All the pieces would end up 1-1/2 inches wide and 5-1/2 inches long. I started by ripping pieces 1-1/2 inches wide and long enough to give me at least 2 pieces 5-1/2 inches long of different colors. I cut some extra pieces to rip into thinner pieces.
I just so happened to have pieces of plastic 1/2 inch thick so I didn’t have to rip one to that thickness. Out of the extra piece that was 3/4 inch thick I ripped a piece that was 1/16 , 1/8, and 1/4 inch thick.
Ripping the plastic to 1/16 inch thickness was a little risky and I only did it once. That was enough and I still had all 10 fingers.
So I got a big scrap piece of hickory and sized it to 1-1/2 inches X about 3 inches wide X about 7 inches long and proceeded to rip 1/16 inch thick slices off of it.
Then I took all the pieces and trimmed them to 5-1/2 inches long and rounded the ends.
A 3/8 inch hole was drilled in one end.
I then sliced 1-1/4 inch long pieces off of a 1-1/2 dowel to make knobs. Into each knob I drill a 3/8 inch diameter hole about 1 inch deep. From the other side of the knob I counter sunk and drilled a pilot hole for a #6 X 3/4 inch wood screw.
And now I had all the pieces I needed.
I ended up with NINE 3/4 inch thick pieces, ONE 1/2 inch thick piece, ONE 1/4 inch thick piece, ONE 1/8 inch thick piece and ONE 1/16 inch thick piece all made out of plastic of different colors.
I also ended up with 6 pieces of hickory that were 1/16 inch thick.
Now all I had to do was put some Danish oil on the wood knobs and hickory pieces and assemble it.
I alternated the colors to make it fun.
To secure the knobs to the 3/8 inch dowel I use #6 X 3/4 inch wood screws. This gave me the option to lengthen or shorten this jig if needed.
And here is my finished piece that is 8-1/16 inches wide. This is probably overkill.
With the SEVEN 1/16 inch thick pieces on the end, I can accommodate any piece of wood within 1/16 of an inch up to 8 inches in my vise and not rack the vise.
Here is a 1/4 inch of material clamped in the vise.
Here is a piece a little over 2 inches.
It even works with a piece a little over 6 inches long.
If your lucky enough to have some old wooden blinds laying around like Mafe had, you can make one of these from that. You could even cut up a yard sticks, paint stirring sticks or 1/8 inch thick tempered hardboard and make one of these. They’re easy to make and oh so useful.
Thanks for looking and hope this gives you some ideas for making your own VISE ANTI-RACKING JIG .
Comments welcomed. Have a Happy New Year.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized