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10-09-2011 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop made bench vice wood acme screw jig fixture vice mount

Hello all I’m new here and wanted to say hello first..

I have been needing a bench vice for some time now. I have this 3’stick of 1” Acme threaded rod.
I did several searches and found no designs for a shop made vice so I made one. here it is.

I started by looking at store bought vices they seem straight forward enough.

I needed some way to enclose the nut solidly and stout! so I cut4 small blocks with the 30 degree angle and a top and bottom plate to glue the blocks to and enclose the setup.

after that was glued up in (in two pieces top and bottom) I needed to cut the jaws for the vice. and drill holes to allow the rod and support dowels to attach to the front jaw only. on the inside jaw all three are slightly over-sized to allow the sliding movement.
I also cut the back plate for the nut holding setup and the rear dowel attachment and drilled holes. the back plate does not get glued yet. but you can go ahead and attach the dowel rod to the rear support dowel attachment.
I simply cut (with my band-saw) 1 groove at the end of each dowel rod and used a wedge to secure it to the rear support with glue.

on to the handle.
I wasn’t sure how to go about this one . I found one other person longknife on woodworking talk that did something similar (with excellent results) It seems he tapered the handle end of the rod and then cut grooves (like a tap) and tapped it in along with some epoxy. Its a great idea, luckily I had the acme tap as well so I turned a 3” cylinder about 4” long and drilled and tapped one end of it and then drilled for the sliding handle.

While the handle is setting I glued the inside jaw to the nut holding assembly and the rear plate and attached the dowel to the front jaw. I wanted to be able to take it apart if need be so I did not glue it. I just used a small strip of sticky 340 grit sand paper on the end of each dowel. after tapping them into the hole I used the wedges again to hold it tight.
I also punched a 1” hole in 2 pieces of leather to make a washer to prevent the handel assembly doing damage to the front jaw.

I will attach it to the bench today and take a few more pics.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 04:44 PM

Now that’s just slicker ‘n deer guts on a door knob!!!

Great Job. I have to say I have a concern regarding the grain of the two clamping boards. If you only “snug” up you should be fine, but if you put too much pressure on those two boards when you tighten one may crack along the grain. Just a thought.


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#2 posted 10-09-2011 04:49 PM

Thanks. yeah, I have thought about that as well… I’m thinking about gluing a plate for the front jaw with the grain running perpendicular. That should make it OK. And the only jaw that would crack would be the front. The other will have the support of the bench top.

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 07:09 PM

you have made excellent progress, does the handle slide or is it fixed? thats really cool, I want one, don’t need one as I have a woodworking vice but it’s just really cool!

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 03:06 AM

The handle does slide freely, it works great, but my bench is a piece of crap (the top anyway. And I really don’t have a good enough mounting position. But it works for now.

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 03:11 AM

Looks good from here ;-)) I have thought about that or using pipe clamps to do it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-12-2011 09:01 PM

hello and welcome, I tried this same thing when i first started wood working and getting a work table togather, Didnt come out no where near as well as yours, great work and nice walk thru with the pics, be sure to post more after install and good luck

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 05:53 PM

A lot on ingenuity when into this. Congrat good work.
Thurly hope it work good for you.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 09:44 PM

Nice work. Looks great.

-- Chris

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#9 posted 12-21-2011 02:36 AM

Thanks for sharing. I see one for myself in the future.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#10 posted 12-21-2011 02:33 PM

Great job! Great write up!

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#11 posted 12-21-2011 03:00 PM

Very interesting and nice job. Good presentation too.


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#12 posted 12-21-2011 09:18 PM

Very Nice….

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#13 posted 12-22-2011 07:24 PM

Looks great. I would make the jaws from thicker material, like 1-1/2” hard maple

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#14 posted 12-23-2011 04:36 AM

Nice job. I’m thinking about making a Moxon vise soon.

-- Semper Fi

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#15 posted 12-23-2011 03:11 PM

Thanks everyone for the very kind comments.

Mr Ron. If I was to do over! I would use laminated butcher block jaws with the grain running vertical ( I think that would give it the least amount of give.)

this vice has been working great for me Im very glad I made it!

Seenya, My next vice will be a moxon!

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