|Project by Holbs||posted 02-22-2016 12:55 AM||1984 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
Taking a cue from Brit's Saw Vice, here is my rendition with a couple tweaks. Knowing I’ll be “attempting” a hand tool cabinet and possibly a split Roubo work bench with hand tools, I wanted to start from scratch. Hand sawing. Before I jump onto that boat, I have to learn how to clean and resharpen hand saws, to a point. For that, you need a saw vice. I had left over 3/4” MDF from my multi function roll around cabinet with 4' wing project . I had some spare knobs and hardwood pieces to all use up.
I went a little off course from Brit’s version. I cut vertical slits instead of dedicated holes thinking this might make things more adjustable. I also did not use a bottom hinge. I have plywood strip pieces at the very bottom and a second set right where my table vice clamps are, leaving me a 1/8” gap in the top for insertion of the saw. I just tighten the knobs and whalla, the upper part of the MDF flexes to clamp close. I also used 3/4” leather strips for each jaw to help hold things in place.
I am unsure if I will use Shellac or sanding sealer or anything of of yet. I kinda rushed this to get completed as other household needs have arisen that need my attention. This might have a wide base, more than what my current workbench vice can handle, but doesn’t hurt at all. No real vibration at the tip of the saws than from the middle. And I needed the bottom to be large for future work benches that may pop up.
-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter