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Project by Ron Aylor posted 02-26-2017 06:08 PM 2144 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my blog Lynnsay's Prie Dieu I used this saw vise to sharpen a rip saw before cutting into some 7/4 cherry. As I was putting it back on the wall, I thought why not upload it as a project. I built this about five years ago to get my saw sharpening up off the bench top. Prior to this vise I simply pinched a saw between to strips of wood in the leg vise … too much stooping over … especially at my age!
 

 
Not much to it really … two wide jaws held by two uprights, one in the leg vise the other atop the bench (to prevent rocking side to side), held together via a leather hinge.
 

 
I used black oak for the uprights, and hackberry for the jaws. There are two strips of curly oak on the inside of the jaws to pinch the saw … all cinched with a threaded maple dowel. I designed the vise around my largest rip saw …
 

 
... and my small dovetail saw.
 

 
All of my other cross-cut, tenon, panel, and back saws fit nicely somewhere in between.
 

 
 
As always all comments and/or questions welcomed. Thanks for looking!
 

 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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mafe

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#1 posted 02-26-2017 06:53 PM

Nice vice.
Always lovely to see your shop.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 02-26-2017 07:11 PM

Interesting jig, looks pretty efficient.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 07:19 PM

Thanks, Mads and Ivan … it’s always good to hear from you guys!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 02-26-2017 07:26 PM

Nice saw vise. That ax with the saw vise threw me at first … lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 02-26-2017 07:28 PM



Nice saw vise. That ax with the saw vise threw me at first … lol

- tyvekboy

Sorry … That was the only peg I had available at the time! LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 08:53 PM

This is a real nice saw vise and is a fine shop made piece of equipment.

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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#7 posted 02-26-2017 09:16 PM

Very nice!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 11:48 PM

I like it! Thanks for posting some good images!

-- Jeremy from Janesville, WI

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#9 posted 02-26-2017 11:54 PM

Simple and effective, nicely done. Talk about old school. No electricity!!

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#10 posted 02-27-2017 04:04 AM

nice execution and a useful jig.

I’ve recently started exploring hand saw maintenance and appreciate your work toward this.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 02-27-2017 11:46 AM



This is a real nice saw vise and is a fine shop made piece of equipment.

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

- helluvawreck


Very nice!

- Kelster58


I like it! Thanks for posting some good images!

- Gingzillaman

Thanks, guys!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 02-27-2017 01:07 PM



Simple and effective, nicely done. Talk about old school. No electricity!!

- Blackberry

Thanks, Blackberry! Yep … completely unplugged!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#13 posted 02-27-2017 02:07 PM

Nice Ron. Had one of these on the to-do list for a long time now. I’ll get around to it someday!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 02-27-2017 02:08 PM



nice execution and a useful jig.

I ve recently started exploring hand saw maintenance and appreciate your work toward this.

- Woodbutchery

Thanks! Perhaps you’d like to take a peak at Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#15 posted 02-27-2017 03:16 PM

Very nice saw Vise, good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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