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It’s a bit pathetic compared to a real bench vise, but it works and it’s good enough for me.
-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.
Mar 23, 2013
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#1 posted 03-23-2013 04:46 AM
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#2 posted 03-23-2013 05:22 AM
Throughout life I found that when things got complicated, they broke. Back to basics. Great.
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#3 posted 03-23-2013 10:15 AM
Nice job, if it works for you and your happy that is all that matters. Whats the rod threading into? Well done.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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#4 posted 03-23-2013 10:28 AM
I don’t think it is pathetic at all. This is just the kind of thing many would find to be very useful, especially since it would be so easy to find a place for it. Great idea!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.
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#5 posted 03-23-2013 10:44 AM
This is the first ‘real bench vise’ I have ever seen, the others are imposters! Very nice job. And the workbench is awesome too.
-- Scott in North Carolina
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#6 posted 03-23-2013 11:31 AM
I like this. Its one for me to try
-- cnarf, Ireland
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#7 posted 03-23-2013 12:16 PM
I think it’s a great idea! And I will be using it in the near future:) I like to find cheap ways to do things that shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, so this is great!
#8 posted 03-23-2013 12:42 PM
This is a much better way to hold material than a jury-rigging with lots of clamps.
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#9 posted 03-23-2013 12:45 PM
Hey! If it works that’s what counts. You can replace it later on. Nice work.
helluvawreck aka Charleshttp://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com
-- 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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#10 posted 03-23-2013 12:49 PM
Great job I like it
#11 posted 03-23-2013 12:56 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the great comments. As funny as it may seem, this is actually an upgrade from what it used to be. I made this vise about two years ago. I had little to no woodworking experience then. Initially, the bolts were sticking out from the inside board. The outer board went over the bolts and it was tightened by wing nuts. It was a bad idea. Because the bolts always stuck out, I would snag my crotch on them. And getting the vice tight enough with the wing knots was painful. After about 6 months I abandoned the idea and haven’t had a bench vise since.
I recently came across a project by John Heisz of ibuidlit.CA. The project was on making a card scraper out of an old table saw blade. I have been wanting a card scraper for some time now but didn’t want to spend the roughly 75 dollars it would take to get the necessary equipment to maintain it. With this I decided to revive the bench vise. A while back, I had seen a video by Ron Walters on how to make your own jig knobs. I use that idea here. I put t nuts on the inside of the vice for the bolts to thread into. And I made the knobs round so that they would be less likely to snag things. I am very happy to have a bench vise again.
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#12 posted 03-23-2013 12:56 PM
Thtat’s a great vice! Every time a moth flies out of my wallet, I am reminded that I can afford a real vice; I’m gona make one just like yours. Thanks for the insperation.
-- It's all in a day's work...
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#13 posted 03-23-2013 01:35 PM
Use whatever you have to do whatever you want to do. That’s craftsmanship!
I like it.
-- Ethan, Taiwan, http://fwwtw.blogspot.tw/
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#14 posted 03-23-2013 01:52 PM
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#15 posted 03-23-2013 05:20 PM
If it does what you intended it to do then it’s a success! Well done.Jim
-- It always looks better when it's finished!
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