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Project by Greg In Maryland posted 07-26-2013 02:53 AM 2479 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw this at Woodnet and thought it was a neat idea and something I could easily accomplish, while at the same time, not costing an arm and a leg. DISCLAIMER: this is not my idea, but my implementation of someone else’s idea.

The vise is a Willton POW-R-ARM Junior (model 343 or WMH16180). As luck would have it, I was able to get the vise off ebay for under $50. The handscrew clamp is from Harbor Freight for $7.99, and the rest of the wood is from the scrap bin and is either hard maple or baltic birch. Unfortunately, new vices are quite pricy.

I first made the base by cutting two parallel lines in the base top on the table saw and then cleaning it out with chisels, a shoulder plane and a side rabbit plane to get a perfect fit. A router plane would have worked better than the shoulder plane, but the shoulder plane was all set and ready to go. The idea is that the wood base will be clamped to the workbench using the leg vise or the tail vise.

I drilled for screws and then glued and clamped the top to the base

and then added another piece to the top for a double lamination:

Previously, I had disassembled the vise, cleaned up the parts and then wire brushed the exterior to get rid of the ugly green paint. I then buffed it with some compound to a nice shine and left it bare metal.

As I mentioned previously, the hand screw clamp is from Harbor Freight. Using the clamp as a template, I cut the bottom out of 3/4ths baltic birch and the sides from 1/2 inch baltic birch. The bottom is approximately 1 1/2 inches wide by 5 inches long. The sides are approximately 5 inches square. I cut a gentle curve on both sides to a point approximately 1 1/2 inches from the side and the bottom. The poster at Woodnet had a graceful ogee profile, but I didn’t want to have to change bandsaw blades, so a gentle curve is what I ended up with.

From this point on, everything is put together with wood screws. No glue One side of the handscrew clamp is permanently attached to the base with 1 1/4 inch number 8 wood screws and the other side of the clamp slides free. The entire assembly is attached to the base with 1 1/2 inch number 10 sheet metal screws and washers.

The beauty of this vise is that it easily adjusts 360 degrees as seen below:


I really haven’t used it too much, though I am hopeful that it will come in handy for the great Lumberjocks 2013 Handplane Swap!

Thanks for looking.

Greg





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randy hudon

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 05:07 AM

that is awsome

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steliart

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 09:32 AM

That’s a clever idea
very nicely done

-- 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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#3 posted 07-26-2013 12:17 PM

What a great Idea! I can see many uses for that little gem. I’m sure it will come in handy! Nice work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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mafe

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 03:56 PM

Super cool idea.
Lovely background and what is the lamp?
Ohhh yes and love the detal of what you have clamped up.
;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 05:36 PM

Very cool. Looks kind of Star Wars’ish :)

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 09:49 PM

Hi Greg, I hope it works as well for you as it does for me. I use mine quite often. Thanks for the credit with the original link.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 10:57 PM

Hey Mads, the lamp is a Dazor Floating Fixture. It was my father’s while he was in college in the late 40’s/early 50’s. It looks like this one: ebay. My siblings and I were helping my parents clean out their basement/garage and I took it home with me.

Greg

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#8 posted 07-26-2013 10:58 PM

Jim,

Thanks for initially describing the project.

Greg

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#9 posted 07-27-2013 12:27 AM

You’re welcome, one often wonders how many projects like this get spawned after it’s posted.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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mafe

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#10 posted 07-27-2013 11:21 AM

Super cool, really suits the old tools.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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