|Project by Tim Anderson||posted 10-14-2013 10:30 AM||1793 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a saw vise based on the Lie Nielsen Saw Vise shown here. I made it from Poplar from Home Depot, as it was cheaper than plywood in the same size. It consists of two 24”x12”x3/4” panels and four 24”x1-3/4”x1/2” strips, two at the top and two at the bottom. I didn’t see any need for the holder strips on the outside, as my vise is small and has two parallel rods that it can rest on until I tighten it. The thumb-screw carriage bolts were added based on some other saw vises I saw around LJ.
I first glued the strips to the panels, then screwed them in and drilled the three sets of three holes for tightening the vise around various sized saws. Then I planed the tops and bottoms smooth and added a pair of cheap metal hinges at the bottom. Finally, I chiseled out square holes on the back (not shown) for carriage bolts, and added thumbscrews and washers on the front.
Now I can comfortably sharpen my saws, and all it took was a couple hours (including glue-setting time) and some cheap Home Depot poplar, though if you’re not just starting out like me, any scrap you have around would work just as well.
-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA