Twin screw vise - on the cheap

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Project by JoeinDE posted 06-09-2013 07:57 PM 2098 views 5 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I saw a few of these on LJ’s I decided that I wanted to make one. This one is based on DHS’ project although quite a bit smaller.

The wheels are maple. The jaws are cherry and the base is beech. I was going to get creative and attach the back jaw to the base with dovetail joints, but I went the easy route and used pocket-hole screws. The nuts are mortised in and then glued in place to keep them from coming out when the wheels are backed out.

I designed this so that it could be affixed to any flat surface with clamps although you could very easily mount this to the front of a workbench like DHS did his.

There’s a piece of hickory in the vise in most pictures.

Total cost for vise is roughly $25 worth of material with the 3/4” threaded rod being the most expensive items.

Video link below of this thing in action (apologies for the quality of the video – it was shot with one hand while using the vise with the other).


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#1 posted 06-20-2013 01:53 AM

Very handy vise. Necessity is the mother of invention. Good job on that one!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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