|Project by JSB||posted 09-10-2015 11:57 AM||4430 views||11 times favorited||3 comments|
This is my second variation of an inexpensive wide bench vise alternative. I built it a couple months ago so I’ve got some use on it to form an opinion. It uses 1/2” pipe clamps with plenty enough clamping power for every situation I’ve thrown at it. Mileage may vary with 3/4” pipe clamps. I made it for the end of my modified Paulk table. The versatility of the vise has been incredible. I used scrap plywood and clamps I already had in the shop so my cost could be considered nothing.
Adjusting the rear pipe jaws is incredibly easy but due to over 2” of travel in the clamp heads adjusting the pipe is only necessary for material thicker than 2”. The pipes are 24” on center giving about 23” of room between the clamps. The jaw is extended 9” to one side to clamp irregular shaped items as needed, which has been beneficial on a few occasions.
For those who are interested I have more info, a build video, and free diagrams here:
I also got a ton of questions about it so I did a follow up video answering them here:
-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com