|Project by madts||posted 11-14-2016 06:20 PM||750 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I have always want one of these vises. Firstly because they are inexpensive, and secondly because they are portable.
It all started when I saw the tap and die for sale through Garrett Wade for about $ 51.00
After that it was gluing up some scrap 1/2” baltic birch in 3 layers. Cutting some threads in 1 1/4” dowels and tapping 2 holes in the back piece and glue and screw in the threaded dowel. The horizontal clamping piece is made from oak.
The nuts are dimensioned after a 2×4. I thought that they would be too small, but the gripping power is just awesome.
While I was at it I also made a stool for the new vise.
The tap and die set did not work right out of the box. There is a learning curve. The cutter in the die has to be sharpened, and the soaking of the wood before cutting threads is important. Too little or too much, no good.
Have patience and it will work.
Life is good when it all comes together.
There is no metal in this thing at all.
All in all a satisfying project.
-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.