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Project by woodoogolem posted 04-16-2015 05:26 PM 1864 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around a year ago I noticed the build of a wooden vise by John Heisz. I found this interesting and made some feeble attempts to create one myself. But I could not get the dimensions right and lost interest all too quickly.

Then some weeks ago I discovered the Sketchup plans some kind fellow named Ole Knap Klarskov offers for free. A metric version is also available.

And since making two of a kind is not much more work than just a single one, I took the opportunity and made a set of two identical pieces. One for myself and one for my son who is about to move into his own house and hopefully into his own workshop as well :-)

I did not want to spend the extra money for the type of threaded rod John used in his original work. So I took a standard M24 rod. I welded two 10mm rods to both sides of the nuts which gave me a similar construction. I also used a M24 nut to secure the rod to the front.

The body of the vise is made from maple. I took some pieces of my lower grade lumber with discolorations and knots which were not suitable for furniture. The glued-up boards are only roughly machined with power tools. Most of the work was done with hand tools. The handles are turned from a scrap pieces of walnut.





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Heisinberg

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 06:47 PM

Very cool. I love the idea of building your own tools. They look great and I’m sure they work even better. Nice work.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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Northwest29

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 07:12 PM

Very interesting project. Don’t think I have ever seen a wooden vise like this previously. Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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mafe

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 08:04 PM

Really cool, that’s a real woodworkers vise.
Fine work.
Is that guy Danish?
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 08:16 PM

Really cool, that’s a real woodworkers vise.
Fine work.
Is that guy Danish?
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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robscastle

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 10:28 PM

They look too nice to use!... well done !

Check out Ohad Milner’s wooden tools he made if you havent done so already they are most impressive, along with his cabnet work.

They inspired the production of my wooden hammer 2012 !

-- Regards Robert

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 11:58 PM

Very cool pair of vises! Probably a lot stronger than using a threaded wooden ‘screw’.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Knappen

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#7 posted 04-17-2015 03:16 AM

Nice looking vises. I must confess that it is me who is responseble for the conversion of the SU model from imperial to metric. I would love to know if you had any isues regarding to the model.

Mafe – Yes I’m danish, living just outside Vordingborg.

It is nice to see that someone can put my work at the computer into something that is usefull.

I really like them.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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woodoogolem

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#8 posted 04-17-2015 04:53 PM

@Knappen,

the model and pictures were absolutely fine, thanks again for your work.

Those parts I messed up were my own faults as I tend to get ahead of myself and the modifications I make.

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Knappen

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#9 posted 04-17-2015 07:21 PM

Thanks for the responce. It’s nice to see that others can use the models one makes.

Once again they looking good.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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mafe

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#10 posted 04-18-2015 01:08 AM

Ahh it’s you who made this wonderful design. ;-)

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

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ralbuck

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#11 posted 04-18-2015 02:05 AM

No ADVICE needed about that VICE!

Great project.

-- just rjR

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Knappen

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#12 posted 04-18-2015 05:00 AM

mads – No, I did’nt make the design, it’s by John Heisz from i built it.ca. I made the translation from imperial (inches) to metric mesaurement. I also made the split-up to a sort of shopdrawings.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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mafe

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#13 posted 04-18-2015 11:14 AM

Ahhh, cool that’s wonderful for us, none inch people. ;-)

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

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