|Project by Oldtool||posted 03-29-2015 11:32 PM||2046 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I have wanted a wagon vise since I saw one for the first time, due to the large amount of front edge planning I do – mostly molding, but my workbench came with an end vise & bench modification wouldn’t be easy. Using the end vise required a method to prevent racking, usually fumbling with shims or wedges.
I contemplated how to construct one over time, but found faults with most of the ideas I came up with. Then, thanks to shipwright, I found a solution that I liked that could be added to the end of the bench. Shipwright posted his wedged wagon vise as a project, with videos, as can be seen here.
I made mind just as he did, except for a few modifications to permit installation in my end vise, with easy removal when necessary. I started with two small excess maple boards from past projects, each about 8” wide by about 20” long & 1” thick. The photos are pretty much self-explanatory, but here are a few notes:
The long arm runs the width of my end vise & prevents racking,
and the cut out right side allows insertion fully into the vise,
and the triangular shaped braces provide support for the vertical member and the wagon housing, & prevent twisting, or pushing away from the end vise.
When I insert a board for planning & tap the wedge, although I can’t lift the bench by the board, I can move the bench around without the board coming loose – providing plenty of holding power.
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