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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 09-11-2016 04:48 PM 476 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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majuvla

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#1 posted 09-11-2016 05:02 PM

Yes, flat and wide surface is always useful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-11-2016 08:10 PM

Good idea, Gunny!They should give you good protection.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-11-2016 11:27 PM

That is a good idea. Great job buddy

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#4 posted 09-12-2016 02:27 AM

Thanks guys, next trick is finding a place to store it when not in use.

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 03:16 AM

If you’re planing to do some planing with this set up you might consider a platform to stand on to make the job go easier on you and the plane. Good solution.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-12-2016 03:44 AM



If you re planing to do some planing with this set up you might consider a platform to stand on to make the job go easier on you and the plane. Good solution.

- DocSavage45

Thanks!

Very true, add to that I am only 5’8” doesn’t help either. With the pins in my wrist and right arm I am unable to plane. Well actually I can move the plane along the wood, then would be dealing with pain for the next few days.. Maybe not. LOL

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

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 09-12-2016 07:12 PM

I share the height shortage. LOL! Ouch re: pins in the wrists. Hope you’re figuring a way around it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 01:09 AM



I share the height shortage. LOL! Ouch re: pins in the wrists. Hope you re figuring a way around it.

- DocSavage45

I work with what I have. They are my constellation prize for being in Iraq. LOL.

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

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