Shop made vise - Cable concept

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I came up with a new concept shop made end vise that mimics the function of a quick release twin screw vise that can be made entirely of standard and cheap components. This is the 3rd version and is working (almost) perfect. Check out my video to see more detail:

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 02:45 AM

Innovative vise Andrew keep doing the good work!

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 12:05 PM

One of the reasons you might be getting excess play when you try to tighten your vice is because the cable is too slack. You might want to try installing a turnbuckle to help tweak the tension. I work on aircraft, and I can tell you for sure that no matter how good quality cable you have, they will start to stretch over time. A turnbuckle will help you adjust for that too.

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 12:55 PM

Neat concept. On the cable issue I thought maybe enlarge the shaft and and file in a relief curve or, If I’m not mistaken, you may be able to find a cheap pulley that already has this. Thinking a garage door cable pulley. By the way I have been lurking for years on this site. Lots of good ideas that I will be “borrowing” and great projects.

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#4 posted 05-13-2015 10:57 AM

Good work Andrew,

I am regularly amazed at how inventive people are when it comes to shop made jigs/clamps and fixtures around the shop. The use of that disc with the magnets to give you resistance is really inventive. I was thinking about your problem with the right angle junction between the pin and the cable and was thinking that maybe you could either file/sand away a recess in the pin to relieve that angle of incident or possibly drill a hole on the edge of the shaft. I assume that the need for 3+ turns to tighten the vise is at least largely in part due to slack in the cable? Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing your “fixes” for these problems.

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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#5 posted 05-13-2015 02:09 PM

It really looks interesting. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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