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Project by Yonatan24 posted 08-06-2016 12:16 PM 1044 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a great little vise. I use it a ton (pun not intended)! The only problem with it is that it’s tiny—It opens to a little more than 1.5”

I wanted to buy a bigger vise (for my birthday), but the prices are INSANE!

As a “maker”, I don’t think it makes sense to pay $100 to $500+ on a vise, when it’s basically a big chunk of metal and a bolt. I know that I’m not the only one that thinks that.

I decided to build my own 6” (~16cm), with free reclaimed wood, and less than $5 worth of hardware.

After building it, I can tell you that I love this thing! It is way stronger that what I need! :) See the pictures above for more info

I DO NOT want to spam, But if anyone is interested in more information, And a full Tutorial on how to make it, You can click this link: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Wooden-6-Bench-Vise/

Please let me know if you have any questions (Oh, and how do can I reply to messages that’re posted here? All I see is the “quote” button…)

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24





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Yonatan24

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#1 posted 08-06-2016 12:20 PM

The only part that was bought was the threaded rod. The rods were salvaged from printers, and the wood was from an old table
Hope you’ll like it! Looking forward to hear your opinion! :)

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 04:51 PM

I can see a use for it for those who are model makers, (like me). The vise is perfectly suited for holding small delicate items. I will have to build one. You are a boy after my own heart. When I was your age, I did similar things. My love and curiosity of things, mechanical has been with me all of my 81 years and still going strong. I have never lost my love of working with my hands and using brain power to “invent”. I can see, you are going places in life.

Please keep in mind; whatever you do, do it the best you can. “If you are a garbage collector, be the best garbage collector you can be”. That is the real path to success in life.

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Yonatan24

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 05:10 PM

Before I built it, I wasn’t even sure if it would be strong enough. Now, I can assure you that this is extremely strong!
This clamps wood really tightly! I think I might be able to use it for light metal working projects too.
The wood that I used is really hard (European Beech), and the threaded rod has fairly fine threads (high pitch?).
If you build one, you’ll be shocked at how much pressure you can apply with it :)


I can see a use for it for those who are model makers, (like me). The vise is perfectly suited for holding small delicate items. I will have to build one. You are a boy after my own heart. When I was your age, I did similar things. My love and curiosity of things, mechanical has been with me all of my 81 years and still going strong. I have never lost my love of working with my hands and using brain power to “invent”. I can see, you are going places in life.

Please keep in mind; whatever you do, do it the best you can. “If you are a garbage collector, be the best garbage collector you can be”. That is the real path to success in life.

- MrRon


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 07:36 PM

I can see where that vise could be very useful in the right application. It’s a nice shop built tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Yonatan24

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#5 posted 08-07-2016 05:40 AM

Agreed! Glad you liked it! :)

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 08-08-2016 02:54 AM

I like the idea you worked around the problem, which is that a vise is expensive and heavy. While I do have a couple if vices in the shop they are heavy and bolted to the table. But many times having something more portable would have been nice. Thanks for the idea!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Yonatan24

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#7 posted 08-08-2016 06:42 AM

Glad you liked it! :)


I like the idea you worked around the problem, which is that a vise is expensive and heavy. While I do have a couple if vices in the shop they are heavy and bolted to the table. But many times having something more portable would have been nice. Thanks for the idea!!

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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