Attaching wood jaws to vice hardware?

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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 02-07-2013 01:44 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2013 01:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench vice

A friend gave me the hardware kit to make a vice for my new workbench. The guide rods (correct name?) measure 3/4 inch and the screw measure 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Should I use these diameters when I drill the two pieces of wood (the fixed part that attaches to the bench and the moveable piece that attaches to the front of the vice)? Or should I make the holes a little bigger and if so by how much?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 02:50 PM

I would give yourself at least an 1/8” over on both sides, so 1/4” overall. Doesn’t hurt to give a little more. You will only complicate things if you give yourself say 1/64” and then the holes end up being off and everything binds, not fun.

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