Shopnotes vise

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Project by SkolVikes posted 02-07-2012 06:53 AM 20092 views 48 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my version of the bench vise that was featured in volume 20, issue 120. The only changes I made were to imbed magnets in the jaw faces and back the replace-able jaws with 1/8” steel plate. One set of jaws is for holding round stock, the other set is faced with leather. I also added an oak end cap on the hub.

It’s designed to plop down into a bench dog hole and is easily removed out of the way when it’s….in your way.

The ACME threaded rod and nuts are available in shorter sections from McMaster-Carr online. No need to buy a full 4 foot section from them.

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 07:02 AM

Great job a very cool vise.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 07:18 AM

That is great! One more item on my very long list of things to build!

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 07:26 AM

I agree with Peter that is one great vise. Now I just have to see if I have that issue or not so I can build one.

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 08:12 AM

Nice of you to share this great vise with us

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-07-2012 09:20 AM

Very nice indeed! Well made and functional. Thank you for sharing.

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 01:51 PM

That’s really cool. I had thought abought making one of those as well but I don’t have a bench to use it with yet. thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 04:31 PM

awesome vise. nicely done!

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 05:11 PM

Looks wonderful!

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#9 posted 02-07-2012 05:15 PM

That is a great looking vice. I love that it is mobile.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#10 posted 02-07-2012 05:17 PM

Very nice. I will borrow from this for my shop.


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#11 posted 02-07-2012 08:30 PM

Great vise! Another source for the Acme rod is: I used them on my CNC, they work well.

McMaster-Carr tends to be costly.

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 09:27 PM

Great job.

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 01:51 AM

Neat, I like the fact that you can move it.

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#15 posted 02-08-2012 05:46 AM

Very nice. I was looking at that issue of shop notes today and told myself I need to make one.

-- Brock, Illinois

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