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Project by Brit posted 03-23-2012 08:21 AM 4922 views 25 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A sturdy saw vise design to fit in a Workmate or any twin screw/Moxon vise. The vise uses the clamping pressure of the twin screw vise and variable localized clamping to suit different types and lengths of saws. The two sides of the saw vise are hinged together with piano hinge. Full details of the build can be found on Episode 9 of my Saw Talk blog.

Materials: 25mm MDF and Sapele off-cuts.

Thanks for looking!

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





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 08:48 AM

Not only effective, but beautiful as well. Nice work and looks like it would work like a charm.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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bko

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 01:39 PM

Thanks for sharing all your saw knowledge! This vise, plus the previous file holder, plus the blog entries make a great package of knowledge. It helps a lot that your tools are beautiful too! I don’t think I have ever seen a better looking tool made out of MDF!

—Brian

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 02:20 PM

Good TIP !.
I use my work mate tables outside all the time. Just never thought of doing something like this.
Cheers.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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terryR

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 02:20 PM

What a wonderful build, Andy, much more versatile than a shorter store-bought vise! Love how it fits in the old workmate, too (or any home made vise). The little file holder at one end is a nice touch. Glad you found that 4th star knob…or did you buy more? :-)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 02:30 PM

Thanks guys!

Terry – I bought three more to make it worth the postage, so I’ve got a two now for something else. I started hunting high and low for the missing one, but after about 30 minutes I started to question why I was bothering since they’re only £1.01 each.

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

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lizardhead

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 03:40 PM

What a wonderful looking tool, and so much more fun to work with something that you have created yourself

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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stefang

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 05:49 PM

Looks great Andy. I see that you are really getting your money’s worth out of that Workmate bench. I have a nice one folded up in my shop, and I usually forget I have it when it could be very useful for different types of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Brit

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#8 posted 03-23-2012 07:06 PM

lizardhead – It is nice to use tools you’ve designed and built yourself, but only if they work. Luckily this one does.

Stefang – It has lasted for 25 years and I’ve done all sorts on it. I can’t wait for the day when I can build a real bench though. I’ll be in my element. :-)

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

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Philip

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#9 posted 03-23-2012 07:44 PM

Great build Andy, you make MDF look good…

-- I never finish anyth

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tsangell

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#10 posted 03-23-2012 08:58 PM

You could use the 2 star knobs to build a half-sized vise for sharpening backsaws. I am sure this thing is heavy.

Your saw blog is top-shelf. Thank you for sharing!

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Brit

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#11 posted 03-23-2012 10:04 PM

Philip – Thanks. At least I don’t have ot keep moving it around anymore.

tsangell – It’s a lot lighter than it was before I cut 6” of the bottom of the two jaws. :-) Actually mass is your friend in a saw vise. There is quite a bit of vibration when you push a file across thin metal plate and the mass helps absorb it.

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

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thedude50

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 03:09 AM

I already have several saw vises but would like one just for panel saws that will hold the entire length of the blade at once. so i dont have to reclamp it all the time is this long enough for that Andy

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Brit

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#13 posted 03-24-2012 03:17 AM

Dude – I built mine to take up to 28” saws without repositioning, although I prefer 26” saws. The length of travel of my arms doesn’t warrant the use of 28” saws. You can of course make the saw vise any length you want. The design is easily tailored to suit individual needs.

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

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Dave

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 03:31 AM

Andy you have a brilliant design and are a good person for sharing it with us. You are to be commended. Thank you.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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thedude50

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#15 posted 03-24-2012 05:21 AM

thanks Andy is there a link to the plan so i can add it to the things i will be making for the shop?

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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