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Built my own hybrid vise for extension table

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I don’t have the time or money to build a good bench. So I built a wagon like vise with a bunch of dog holes and one at the end of the vise frame to act as the stop. Along with a couple more holes along the front of the extension table to keep the workpiece from twisting while working on it.

I started with some 3/4” construction ply scraps i got from work. Cut box joints into the ply bottom and sides.

Used some maple scrap for the end caps.

Glued up

Laminated some maple with oak runners at the bottom that the acme screw will sit in between. This was all the maple I had. That’s why its in steps and not a solid block.

The screw and the cast iron piece with internal threads were from a horizontal metal cutting bandsaw that was gonna be scrapped. So I took the good looking pieces that I might be able to use. I had a hand wheel with a set screw that went with the screw but one of my little ones needed it more than I did. I’ll probably find it out in the yard one day.

I had to cut a weird mortise to fit the the cast iron piece that will pretty much be the carriage I guess.

I glued 2 more pieces of maple on th end so it’ll be thick enough for a dog hole. Then I greased the screw, waxed the inside of the box, cut the dog holes on the carriage, and cut the slots for biscuits for the top runners.

Finished trimming out the vise and screwed it to the end of the extension table. I then had to glue some 2×4 scraps to the inside of the extension table where the last dogholes were gonna go or they wouldn’t have enough support. Then I drilled em.

Needed a new handwheel since my children misplaced the original. Used a scrap of oak rounded on a jig on the table saw. Don’t have a bandsaw anymore. Countersunk a 1/2” nut that had been drilled out to fit on the end of the screw. Tapped an 8-32 hole for a set screw. Used a dremel to make in indentation in the screw for the set screw to land and just press fit the hand wheel on for now.

Made some bench dogs out of a 3/4” oak dowel and tested it out.

Works like a champ. That wood is red grandis. Never heard of it until recently. Almost like an oak dyed pink. Neat stuff.

Yes. This project post is finally over. Thanks for reading this far. I know it was a chore. Really. Took me an hour to put together.

Thanks again
Love, TheFridge

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.





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racerglen

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 02:33 PM

Nice work Fridge !

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 02:34 PM

nice!!!!

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 03:11 PM

Thanks guys

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 05:11 PM

Great design!

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 05:23 PM

Hello TheFridge

Nice work and it’s a good alternative for a so expansive system

I like your concept

I have to make one like yours ( with your permission) but not so big

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 05:38 PM

Nice job, Fridge. Looks well thought out.

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 01-31-2015 05:51 PM

Thanks Digger. Go right ahead bud, it’s fine by me.

Thanks Don, I actually just kind of threw it together after getting tired having to clamp stuff down to work on. Surprisingly, it came out better than I had hoped.

That being said. If I built one again, I’d splurge for some birch ply because some rather large chunks of fingers came loose on the construction ply while cutting with a dado set. Id also cut the matching fingers at once in stead of separately like I did the first time. It didn’t fit, so I had to cut both sides at once like I should have the first time. It left a couple gaps that I filled with glue and sawdust.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 01-31-2015 07:09 PM

Hello Thefridge

What are the size ?

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 01-31-2015 07:28 PM

27” long, 4” wide, and 4 1/2” tall. I can get you specifics if you’d like, but the main determining factors are the length of travel the screw will allow (mine allowed 5 1/2”) and the minimum thickness of the carriage inside (I wouldn’t do less than 2” with 3/4 dog holes but it may be acceptable).

If there’s any other questions or dimensions you’d like to know. Let me know.

Thanks

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 01-31-2015 07:59 PM

Hi Fridge,

You did a great job on that. I love it!

Charlie

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 01-31-2015 08:20 PM

Thanks man.

Also one of the reasons I screwed it into the table, instead of doweling and gluing, was to be able to install it into a bench and turning it into a wagon vise when for said bench.

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#12 posted 01-31-2015 10:19 PM

Good design and execution. I like it.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#13 posted 02-01-2015 03:36 AM

Nice design and craftsmanship on this build, great work.

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#14 posted 02-02-2015 06:01 PM

Hello TheFridge

Thanks for the dimensions

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 02-02-2015 06:02 PM

No problem. If I can help in any other way, just let me know.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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