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Workbench #8: Wagon vise reloaded

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Blog entry by yuridichesky posted 148 days ago 973 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wagon vise was the first vise I built and used intensively during workbench construction.

It worked great from the very beginning, the only thing bothering me was poor steel-on-steel friction conditions just where the pressure applied – between crank and garter plate. The solution came from workbench smackdown thread guys: thrust bearings.

So one day I disassembled my wagon vise and upgraded it with thrust bearings. Plus I did couple of other things: shortened the handle (no need in long handle at all) and turned garter plate to make it horizontal to be able to place a shooting board or a bench hook there when I need.

Here’s upgraded version:

Can you see little brass button with a spring on the picture above? This is another improvements I put to my vise. This button sits at the end of vise screw and pushes it out to eliminate any play and chatter:

It’s interesting how those little bits make big difference!

And here’s the wagon vise put together after upgrade:

Now it works smooth, quick and effortless thanks to thrust bearings and little button on the spring :-)

Thanks for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)



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CL810

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#1 posted 148 days ago

Yuri these are great upgrades. I’m sure the bench hook from the end will be especially convenient. I sometimes wonder if you are a mechanical engineer/machinist/genius….

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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yuridichesky

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#2 posted 148 days ago

Andy, thank you man!

I think that small shop size and limited tool set constraints make my mistakes more obvious so I find those mistakes on early stages and try to fix them. Plus I feel I’ve got strong professional deformation as a software engineer: I try to do less except when I can’t stop myself improving stuff :-)

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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Sergeich

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#3 posted 147 days ago

Now I start to understand that I know nothing on vice science.

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yuridichesky

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#4 posted 147 days ago

Sergey, here’s quick course on vise science: either get manufactured one and just use it, or build one from scratch with trial and error approach until you’re tired of improving it :-)

What are you working on now?

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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Sergeich

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#5 posted 147 days ago

Ok. My choice is number one so far :)
I am in the end of pasochnitsa storage box built now. May be tonight I will post a couple of photos in my blog.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 137 days ago

Yuri. I love it. It looks so slick and I’ll bet it feels good to use!!!

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

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yuridichesky

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#7 posted 137 days ago

Jim, thank you! It’s real joy to use, very smooth and fast, and holds like crazy.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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