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Surface vise from a "C" Clamp

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Project by FreshSawDust posted 09-09-2013 03:20 PM 4245 views 30 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was absolutely fed up with the $20 vise from the big box that had been occupying the end of my bench and needed to replace it quick and cheap. I cut up a “C” clamp that I had on hand and since the endcap of my bench is just bolted on it came off to cut a pocket on the tablesaw. The vise comes out easily and hangs on the wall when not in use along with the couple spacers that I made to accommodate the dog hole spacing. This was a quick and dirty shop project but it works quite a bit better than what I had. Thanks for looking and I hope that this helps someone out.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri





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EggMan

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 04:48 PM

i like it.
I have been wondering about something like this for a while but didn’t think of just using a modified c clamp like you did.

Thanks for sharing .
Ryan

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 05:08 PM

Great idea. I bet you get a lot of use out of it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 06:41 PM

Thanks, I have only had it in use for a couple days so time will tell but it has already been more useful than the cheap vise it replaced.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 07:11 PM

looks like a good idea to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 08:00 PM

Great idea. I might make one.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 08:43 PM

Great idea! I’ve been toying with how to do this, to make a quick & east tail vise. Think you may have solved my problem. Thanks.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 08:54 PM

Now that is thinking outside the box.

-- 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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#8 posted 09-09-2013 10:44 PM

Very clever and effective.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 11:09 PM

Simple and clever.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 11:14 PM

I like this idea very much!! great idea!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#11 posted 09-10-2013 12:21 AM

That is a cool idea!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 12:28 AM

Very cool idea!

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 12:28 AM

Very creative and interesting

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 02:14 AM

Nice. So simple and I love anything that gets out of the way when not in use!

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 02:52 AM

Awesome idea. I will def be putting a few of these in the new shop. Thanks for sharing! Def a BIG help!!

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