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Project by Don W posted 06-18-2011 04:09 PM 8723 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request to post this gun vise. This was a self thought design, so no plans. If the pictures are not self explanatory, feel free to ask any questions.

I built this about 20 years ago. I’ve built several others like it, some completely reverse for my left handed son and if you wanted it on the other end of a bench.

This one is from red oak, but I’ve made them from several species of wood including pine.

The only change I would make, (and I keep saying I’m going to) is the hole that holds the cam should be elongated so it can be adjusted forward and backward. I often find myself removing it and setting it in front or behind the bolt. If you look close in the picture, the nut is missing. Typically it should be a little farther forward.

From outside to outside at the top, its 29 inches. This seems to be a good average. There have been times when I wish it was a little longer, and times when I wish it was a little shorter.

I’ve used this vise extensively. I’ve built and remodeled several Mauser and other bolt action rifles on it. I use it for most cleaning and refinishing task. Its not good for checking (I have another for that). I’ve built several stocks on it, including the one shown. This was built from a tree I cut down.

As always, questions and comment welcome.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com





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zwwizard

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 05:16 PM

Good vice, I would like to see your vice that you use for checkering.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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JJohnston

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 06:25 PM

I don’t follow what you mean about the cam and elongating the hole.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 08:50 PM

The part that holds the stock. It would be better if I could adjust the bottom to better accommodate different stock widths.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 10:37 PM

It looks like a mighty good gun vice to me.

-- 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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JJohnston

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#5 posted 06-19-2011 01:15 AM

Okay, but I don’t think elongating the hole would work; it would end up with the bolt bearing on the end of the hole. What might work is drilling another couple of separate holes, closer and farther, and put the bolt through the one that works.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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mafe

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 11:09 AM

Looks wonderful, and UI love to see it is a tool beeing used.
Nice build with all at hand.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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racerglen

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 07:58 PM

Don,
that’s a very nice piece.. Old school, but modern enough to do today’s very nice custom work.. I realy like it.. You must get a fair amount of custom work ?

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#8 posted 07-01-2011 08:34 PM

i keep my gun work for myself. To many regulations around that. I have a few customized/sportorized mausers. This is my baby. 30-06, stripped to the action, rebarreled with a shilen barrel, timney trigger, saftey, hinged the floor plate, cut and turned the bolt, i built the stock from scratch.

A 6.5×55 I did almost the same but has the stock barrel. Stock is made from wenge.

A few others I don’t have photos of. A Russian 6.2×54, a Short carbine 308, and a couple of other 6.5×55s.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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racerglen

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 12:56 AM

Very nice ! With one arm I don’t shoot that much any more.. Last time was a couple of years back with a scoped left hand bolt action 30-06.. Hmmm. good thing my nose is longer than where my glasses sit..maybe..
Oh well, back to the Winchester .22.. Scared the crap out of the beer can at 100 yards tho..

;-0

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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