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Shop Jig: Custom-made Dovetailed Saw Vise (plus glue clean-up tip)

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Project by ChuckM posted 04-06-2016 03:25 PM 1794 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Traditional carpenters in the old days made this kind of vise on a job site to do a quick fix on their saws that hit a nail or a metal object. Nails were used for the joinery. I made one with dovetails for my long handsaws, using hand tools only.

The dovetails were gang cut, to save a bit of time. The body is made of pine and the battens tiger wood, all from the scrap bin.

The more labor-intensive part is to bevel the battens by hand (good exercise!); I used a LAJ, beginning with coarse cuts for quick removal, then fine cuts at the end. Make sure you plane the bevels accurately for a tight fit in the notches. If you prefer, you can bandsaw the waste first. A tight fit means minimal vibration when you file the teeth.

You can alter the design to suit your saws (long or short), or add a drawer to keep your saw sharpening tools (files, etc.).

Here is a simple glue clean-up trick to share:

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted





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Andre

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 04:08 PM

Another great project, and another Canuck! Where about do you call home?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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ChuckM

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 05:28 PM

Hi Andre,

Alberta. Lucky home of two Lee Valley Tools stores! Have you visited any one of their “toy” stores?

Chuck
PS For me, the best woodworking projects are those that you need both machines and hand tools to complete—a combination of efficiency and skills.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 08:24 PM

nice, thanks for sharing. i think i will have to make one for myself

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 09:03 AM

Fantastic project and made with hand tools too, excellent stuff.

I have this one in my favourites.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Andre

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 04:54 AM

Alberta. Lucky home of two Lee Valley Tools stores! Have you visited any one of their “toy” stores?

LOL! if you could only see my order list, Actually having someone pick up an order for me in Vancouver because even with the free shipping my current location would make a timely delivery impossible! Most of my shopping comes out of the Edmonton store.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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