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Project by grfrazee posted 408 days ago 2397 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since purchasing a couple of vintage saws and also watching Andy’s (Brit’s) video on saw sharpening, I’ve been wanting a saw vise to hold my saws for sharpening.

I’ve come across plenty of manufactured saw vises at antique stores and flea markets, but they all have jaws that top out around 12” wide. With a 26” long saw, that means moving the saw three times in the vise just to sharpen one side of the saw.

The design I have come up with uses some leftover SYP from my bench build as the main body with 3/4” x 1/8” angle iron for the jaws. A door hinge at the bottom and some threaded rod with a wing nut completes the vise action.

The angle iron jaws are 24” long. I know, this is still 2” shy of the 26” saw plates common with your typical handsaw, but this still gives plenty of real estate for sharpening. I added a vertical piece on the back so that I could clamp it in the tail vise of my bench and make the height adjustable (see the 4th pic).

There is still some finessing I need to do with the fit to get the tops of the jaws aligned. Also, I need to recess out the horizontal wooden pieces that hold the jaws so that sawbacks and handles can fit in (see the 2nd pic). Otherwise, I tested it out with one of my Disston rip saws and it works fine.

Update 2013-06-11: I have created a SketchUp model, which you can download here.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 408 days ago

There is nothing like a little homemade innovation to resolve a need. Great solution, I like it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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CL810

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#2 posted 407 days ago

Very nice. I like the angle iron idea.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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HerbC

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#3 posted 407 days ago

How is the angle iron held in place?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Don W

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#4 posted 407 days ago

AN excellent idea. I sharpened a couple of saws yesterday, and every time I do I tell myself to build a better vice. I’ve got a vintage, its to shaort and takes a wrench to get it tight enough to hold the saw. It’s also not as solid as I think it should be. I suppose they were made like that so they would fit in a tool box.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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grfrazee

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#5 posted 407 days ago

@HerbC – one leg of the angles was drilled every 4” or so and screwed in place with 1-1/2” SPAX screws. I ended up using (4) screws per angle.

@Don – I will be making a SketchUp model sometime in the next few days if you want to follow that. I pretty much made this up on the fly once I bought the 4ft-long angle and a hinge. Took about 3 hours.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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Don W

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#6 posted 407 days ago

thanks for the offer, but I don’t have a tail vice, so that will be different anyhow. I’ll need to determine where and how I’ll attach it. I may just drop it in my end vice.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#7 posted 407 days ago

Nice work. You’ll really appreciate the extra length. Good idea to use the angle iron.

In my experience, the more solid you can make the vise, the more you reduce the vibration and the easier it is to file a saw.

-- 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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grfrazee

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#8 posted 406 days ago

SketchUp model is complete. See description for link.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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steliart

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#9 posted 401 days ago

very cool idea. thx

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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bons

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#10 posted 277 days ago

Do you need special software to download the file you posted with model? Nothing I try works?

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grfrazee

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#11 posted 275 days ago

@bons – you need SketchUp to use the file.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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