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Project by FreddieMac posted 04-14-2018 05:58 PM 1073 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a work shelf in my wood shop and decided to build a mini work bench. It is made out of 2 2×4’s and some left over red cedar I had from a project. I decided to add a little tool tray to it like the Norm Abrham’s workbench. I salvaged a vice from the 2016 flood that was rusted out. I cleaned it up and oiled it. I finished the enter table with some Danish oil just to give it a nice finish. This will probably be the best it ever looks, but I can use my bench hooks from my pre-flood workshop. I made all the bench dogs out of cedar and dowels. I have used it already and it is working great.





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jimintx

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 06:06 PM

I like that a lot for its functional purposes, and it looks really nice.

I don’t really understand the vise: what type is it, and maybe, could you post another pic or two that shows it more fully? Thanks.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#2 posted 04-15-2018 01:14 AM

It is just an cheapo vice from Walmart. Here is the link. I lost the dog it had in the flood, so I made a wood one for it and that is what you are seeing. To be honest, the vice is not very good. It tends to want to lift the pieces off the board. No matter what I do, I cannot level the vice becuase it was damaged in the flood. I am looking for an alternative.

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#3 posted 04-15-2018 01:29 PM

I like what you have done here. Thanks for telling the vice sucks. Good to know because it was a good price… Thinking about building something for the grand kid.

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#4 posted 04-15-2018 04:02 PM


It is just an cheapo vice from Walmart. ...
To be honest, the vice is not very good. It tends to want to lift the pieces off the board. No matter what I do, I cannot level the vice becuase it was damaged in the flood. I am looking for an alternative.
- FreddieMac

I’m thinking the problem.
What if you undercut the face of the wooden piece you added? Make it so that as it compressed into the piece being held, it also pressed downward onto the workbench surface.
I don’t know, not a perfect solution but might be an improvement.

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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 04-16-2018 12:12 AM

Freddie , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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FreddieMac

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#6 posted 04-16-2018 02:23 AM

It is just an cheapo vice from Walmart. ...
To be honest, the vice is not very good. It tends to want to lift the pieces off the board. No matter what I do, I cannot level the vice becuase it was damaged in the flood. I am looking for an alternative.
- FreddieMac

I m thinking the problem.
What if you undercut the face of the wooden piece you added? Make it so that as it compressed into the piece being held, it also pressed downward onto the workbench surface.
I don t know, now a perfect solution but might be an improvement.

.

- jimintx

I made a few adjustments to the vice dog and that seemed to solve the problem. There was enough play that it tilted back just a bit. I also have an old screw clamp from my preflood router table, I am not using that for a inline clamp dog. Things are working better.

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