|Project by woodbutcherbynight||posted 09-11-2016 04:48 PM||610 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Like many I have a small shop and while I would like a good many accessories the reality is I have a limited about of space to put said accessories. Having a metal vise is a must as I do not only do woodworking in the shop. It is in prime location in the shop for good reason. But many times I have wanted to hold a board in place and had to fight making a sandwich of boards to take the marks from the metal vise in place and turn the handle. For many years I had some rubber magnetic pads that worked but wider boards were always an issue and the rubber ones would sometimes slip, never mind the wrestling that involved at times.
Studying closely my issue I came up with this solution. Two pads that friction fit into each side of the vise. Each measured and custom fit to be flat to provide an even clamp along a wide area. The back piece I made wider to accommodate doing framework and still be able to use my adapters. I used some oak out of the tree in my neighbors year that had cured for several years and added Formica to all surfaces so when I clamp I do not leave marks as easily, hopefully prolonging the life of my adapters.
While this works well it does have limitations. You cannot clamp a narrow board at the top as the vise will squeeze from the middle making the board pop up. Fine if that surface is not what you are working on, no so good if that was where you did want to work. For boards like this I use a different adapter that I currently have loaned out to someone making one for themselves. So no pics, sorry. All in all these adapters work for about 90% of the work I would want to do. Better than wrestling with the other method and less frustrating as well. While my total time on project is about four hours it took me 2 weeks to get assembled, Formica work taking the longest as I only glued two pieces each night.
Enjoy and be inspired!
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