|Project by hoss12992||posted 11-24-2013 01:18 AM||4226 views||15 times favorited||22 comments|
I have had several folks ask me about alot of the jigs that I use in my shop. So I thought I would do a series of post with some of them that I use ALOT. Like most folks, when I started turning pens, I bought a pen vise, and it finally gave up the ghost about 5 years later. Rather than spending another $50 and wearing another store bought vise out in time, I thought I could build a better one, and last much longer.
This vise aint purdy, but works like a charm. It is REALLY easy to build, and having seen several LJers either starting to turn pens or wanting too, this is a must. DONT SPEND $50 on a store bought vise, make yours! A couple scrap pieces of 2”x4” and a small scrap piece of 1”x4”. Set your table saw on 45 degrees and cut a V into the center of a 2×4 and 1×4. Drill out a couple of 1/4” holes in the 2×4 and 1×4. Then in the 1×4, go back and drill the 1/4” hole with a 5/16” bit and make the hole a wee bit bigger. A couple of 1/4” carriage bolts and I used 2 nice nobs to make things easier to tighten and loosen. Ended up with just a few dollars in this and have been using it for about 8 years. Occasionally I use this vise for other things besides drilling out pen blanks. This type of jig has several advantages that some of the store bought ones dont. It allows some wiggle room to set odd shaped pieces in it to drill out, aka deer antlers and odd shaped pieces of wood. Not everything I put in this vise is nice and square and straight. Hope this helps someone out
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