|Project by PaBull||posted 03-14-2011 04:43 AM||4521 views||15 times favorited||18 comments|
Not enough bench space…..... or not the right vise…....... or small parts that you can not hold correctly in your vise….... or the bench vice is in your way when you want the bench to be clear…......
Here is what I did:
I did not come up with this double duty bench vice myself, but it made a lot of sense to me. And the ideas did not all come from one place, either. Actually I don’t even remember where I got it from. So forgive me if it was your idea.
I started with a metal bench vise on top of my work bench. after a while I acquired a woodworking side mount vise. Off went the metal vise and on with the wooden one. But it did not take very long and being the repair man of the house I really needed a top mount metal vise. I got to thinking and mounted the metal vise on a 2×8 and underneath that a 2×6. In the 2×6 I made some slots to allow for the hardware of the wooden vise. Now I can mount that metal vise in seconds in the wooden vise. AND being 6’-2” tall, those extra couple of inches it now is higher helped.
Than the next step was holding small parts in the metal vise. I used “fin ply” or 1/2” plywood and inserted rare earth magnets in the surface facing the jaws of the metal vice. The magnets would hold those little wooden jaws in place while my hand are occupied by closing the vise AND holding the object.
-- rhykenologist and plant grower