|Project by ontheworkbench||posted 02-11-2016 03:08 AM||1005 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I acquired a new vice last fall, and had been trying to figure out where in my shop to permanently place it. I waited a while hoping that the “perfect” location would become obvious. After several months the only “obvious thing” was that it needed its own dedicated stand. I looked at several of the prefabricated metal ones but thought the cost for those was more than I wanted to spend for something so simple that I could make with little effort. and So I decided to build a simple, elegant stand, and I thought I would share it here.
I was trying to keep the materails simple so I went out and bought two 2”x8”x8’ boards and a single 2”x4”x8’ board. I decided after contemplating the ergonomics of various heights that three feet would be the ideal height for me (with the vice above that). It was also a nice round number to work with too. I cut the 2×4 into two 36” lengths and glued/screwed them together (I could have used a 4×4 here but did not want to be left with five extra feet of material, and a single 2×4 is cheaper). Then using this laminated post, I placed the 2×8 boards around it so that the difference in length would essentially be a leg. Then I painted the entire stand black. I found some extra quarter round 3/4”x3/4” stock in my garage so I added that to it too and painted that red as an accent color and then pin nailed that to the stand. Finally I drilled out the bolt holes, and mounted the vice with stainless steel screws and washers to the stand. I easily could have skipped the painting and the trim but it gave me an excuse to use up some extra materials that I already had around the shop. Now the vice and stand sits next to my drill press, but can be moved if needed.
I also put together a build video for the project too. Here it is below.