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V8 Degree wedge powered workbench #11: Wedge Vice Upgrade

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-06-2014 12:00 AM 4557 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been doing a bit of repetitive hand cutting (dovetails) in my leg vice (or vise if you prefer) lately and while I am very happy with it in general, I guess the one drawback has always been that you almost need another hand for the wedge sometimes. It became enough of a frustration this week that I gave it a little thought and came up with this solution.

It’s very simple. I just inlayed a rare earth magnet into the sloped face of the wedge hole and a strip of steel (straightened out angle bracket) into the wedge. Now when you lift the wedge to move a piece in the vice instead of the wedge falling and closing the jaws, it stays up until you push it down. It makes life a lot simpler.

I’ve used the leg vice a lot over the last two years and while this has always been a little inconvenience, it didn’t ever seem worth worrying about until I started the repetitive work. Now I like it better than ever.

If this all seems like Greek to you, a look at my V8 bench will clear it up.

Thanks for looking in

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/



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grizzman

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 12:07 AM

well knowing what i know i will give you a thumbs up here…:)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 12:13 AM

Presto… a third hand. Brilliant solution!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 12:41 AM

Amazing what a little emagination will accomplish. Very good.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 01:20 AM

COOL simple way to get an extra HAND!

Perfect!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 01:48 AM

Paul,

Vice solution!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 01:54 AM

Simple solutions are usually the best and this was simple but you had to think about it first and that takes time I find .

Klaus

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Rick M

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#7 posted 10-06-2014 02:23 AM

Nice. Have a bench build coming up and have been thinking hard about using a wedged leg vise inspired by the V8 but I was worried about it being annoying since the wedge will always slide down—problem solved :)

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#8 posted 10-06-2014 06:10 AM

Magnets are really more than spin-aligned electrons ;) That’s very clever.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Dutchy

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 06:59 AM

How simple can it be. But invent it can be hard. Well done. Thank you for sharring.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#10 posted 10-06-2014 08:29 AM

Creative and simple solution. Now it’s back to all those dovetails!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Roger

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#11 posted 10-06-2014 11:15 AM

I don’t have a leg vise, but this seems like a gr8 solution Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#12 posted 10-06-2014 01:25 PM

I know what I’m doing after work today! This solves my only problem with the vise! Like you said, for repetitive stuff where you need to just loosen it real quick and set it again, you do need 2 hands. Often times I’ll pop the wedge up but gravity alone is enough for the wedge to seat just tight enough where i can’t sneak the work piece back in.

That is a fantastic idea.

Also to anyone reading this if you don’t have a leg vise, build one of these. I actually retrofitted one on an existing bench.

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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#13 posted 10-06-2014 02:56 PM

Like!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#14 posted 10-06-2014 03:28 PM

Now that I have my V8 leg vise working, I too ran into the same issue. Not a huge deal for me at the hobbyist pace that I work, but it can be annoying.

I’ll be stealing this fix as I stole the vise. Thanks again Paul for all that you provide to this community.

-- - Terry

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#15 posted 10-06-2014 07:13 PM

I am curious , where did you come up with the wedge design for a leg vise, Very good idea. I am currently waiting on Lake Erie Toolworks to deliver my big wood screw for my leg vise, I wish I had seen this before I ordered mine.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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