Homemade Saw Vise

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Project by CrazyCraftsman posted 03-10-2012 04:02 PM 6691 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a bunch of old dull saws lying around, so for Christmas I was given a dvd on saw sharpening. So I decided I needed to get myself a saw vise. Well, I didn’t have the money to buy one, so I decided to make one. I scoured the internet for designs and ideas, but finally decided on a design of my own. This one features a cam style locking mechanism, adjustable height/ clamping bracket (fifth picture). The tools you see are my file for jointing the saw, the file for sharpening the saw, and a saw set (which was my grandpas). So far I’ve only sharpened a rip saw, but I’ve got a crosscut one waiting to be done. The vise clamps very firmly and the results were great. The saw cuts like butter!

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 04:06 PM

Good luck with the sharpening and nice job on the vise.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 04:41 PM

I like the design and I might have to copy it. I’d like to see a side view of the cam and locking mechanism. Also, I’m not sure how the clamping bracket connects to the vise. Happy filing.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 05:24 PM

Excellent! I have to clean the rust off my old family saws and the newer saws I have aquired. Thanks for leading the wqay. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 06:17 PM

Nice jig, guess I’ll have to make me one of those.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 06:18 PM

Hey DHS, If you want to see more on how I made this saw vise you can visit my blog at

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RS Woodworks

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 01:47 AM

And…??? How does it work? Does it hold the saw sturdy enough?
I thought about building my own but was always a bit afraid that it would not prevent the vibration that filing a saw causes. I bought an old cast iron saw vise that still has the original rubber protector in it at an antique store for $24. Let me know how well it holds!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 02:11 AM

Nice job on the vise and the sharpening. I’m just about to make a saw vise myself so I can sharpen my saws.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 02:44 AM

The vise works quite well. Better than I had expected in fact. It grips the saws very firmly even if just the end of the saw is clamped and as far as the vibration, it dampers that pretty good too. The one end is just a tad sloppy, but that was my fault. But it could easily be changed by just a little adjustment to change the saws bite. Thanks for commenting!

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 04:32 PM

Nice craftsmanship on the saw vice, like the cam lock

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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