Vise Rack Stop

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Project by Woodbutchery posted 10-19-2016 03:34 PM 1333 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I’ve been busy in the shop, I haven’t posted anything in a while.

Here’s a vise rack stop that I made this morning. I took some scrap mahogany that I’d glued up for some table legs and rounded one end w/ a 3/4” round-over bit on the router, then cut them down to 3/16” (I was aiming for 1/8”, but took the wrong reading on my measure. I may plane them down to 1/8” some day if I really get bored ….) on the table saw. Used a brass nut from a spare obtained from a toilet repair kit, a washer and nut, and a run through the drill press to get the hole centered, and voila! A vise rack stop!. Just a pass or two over both sides with the block plane to smooth any edges, and that’s all she wrote.

The second picture shows the stop in action. Handy little tool, and easy to put together.

As a note, I’ve not locked the nut onto the bolt, just in case I get that wild hair.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 04:13 PM

Got to make of these real soon!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 05:31 PM

1 suggestion – pre-drill the hole before sawing the strips. You will consider your life much easier.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 08:02 PM

Woodbutchery – Great little device … think I’ll make one and attach it underneath my Moxon vise. Even though I have guide rods under the wooden screws I still experience a bit of vertical rack when working with short pieces. Currently, I just grab a piece of scrap the same thickness and move along, but with this little device hanging below my vice, I won’t have to hunt! Thanks for sharing!

How long have you been playing the flute? I’m a fifer myself … been scaring the cats for over 40 years!

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 12:44 PM

Cool idea!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-20-2016 04:44 PM

Ron, glad you like it. It’s a handy (or hands-free ;-) ) addition.

I’ve been playing flute now for over 20 years. The last 10 or so have mostly concentrated on Irish trad, but I also play early history music (pre-17th century) occasionally.

Andre, if you do the drilling ahead of time it saves a ton of time and effort. The whole thing took less than a couple of hours. I didn’t apply any finish as I expect much wear and tear, and replacing the lot is as simple as re-sawing another block of wood.

Ivan, glad you like it.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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