While working on projects it is required to hold different kinds of raw materials for various operations. For instance, holding

-    a sheet or board for sawing;
-    a metal rod for threading;
-    a bunch of papers for binding;
-    a channels for sawing, filing, drilling etc.;
-    block of wood for planing;
-    copper clad boards for cutting, and many more.

Hence, there is a need for a device versatile enough to hold different kinds of materials for different operations. In addition to meeting above requirements, the device should be simple so that it does not cost time and money.


1.      2" by 2" wood stock of approximately 2' length (any other wood stock from scrap of similar dimensions may be used)
2.      6 mm drill bit (6.5 mm recommended for easy movement of bolts otherwise the holes may be filed a little)
3.      drill press (electric or manual hand drill machine may also be used)
4.      center punch and hammer
5.      two M6 4" bolts with nuts and washers
6.      3" C-clamp (6" C-clamps will give more versitality; for use later with vice bar)
7.      block plane
8.      #180 and #320 sandpapers (one each for finishing)
9.      steel rule (for taking measurements and marking)
10.    tri-square (for marking right angles)
11.    empty ball point pen (or pencil for scribing; ball point pen usually has tungsten carbide tip which is harder than most materials and does not wear off easily, therefore it can be used in place of regular scriber)
12.    30 minutes
Ralphxyz2 years ago
Ah, the aluminum is rolled over the wooden top, I see it now.

Thanks, and thanks again for the instructable. Gives me ideas for my new shop area.

Ralphxyz2 years ago
What is your table top made of?
Thanks for the instructable.

0.5mm???? one half a millimeter?

I find that rather hard to believe.

Now 1/2" aluminium I could believe.

Captain Vyom (author)  Ralphxyz2 years ago
To be exact, the thickness of wooden top is 20mm and the aluminium sheet that is used for covering is 0.3mm.

May be you are looking at the thickness of wooden top. Aluminium sheet is just used as some sort of laminate. It does not serve any structural purposes.
Captain Vyom (author)  Ralphxyz2 years ago
Table top is made of wood. Its top is covered with 0.5mm aluminium sheet metal.
Captain Vyom (author) 2 years ago
I have published the next instructable showing different uses of vice bar.
vincent75202 years ago
Nice !
However I wouldn't paint the vice bar as the material may be stained by scratched paint. At least the bottom of the bar shouldn't be painted at all !…
Captain Vyom (author)  vincent75202 years ago
You are right. The paint might stain the material held. If the wood is sanded properly it might not require extra finishing and will look good. It will also serve the purpose of non-staining of material held.
bambauer2 years ago
Looking forward to your next instructable on how the vice bar is used. So far, so good!
Captain Vyom (author) 2 years ago
Firstly, I want to thank all of you for taking some time out of your precious time for reading this instructable and appreciating it.

Vice bar can be used for holding things both horizontal and vertical.

I am working on the next instructable that will show the uses of vice bar that I have figured out. Hope that will be able to satisfy all your queries about its usage and will be as useful as this one.

Thank you, once again.
lewisb422 years ago
Is this for clamping things vertical to the workbench? Some pictures of it in-use might be helpful.
Hewer lewisb422 years ago
+1 also. This seems really useful- I'm just not sure how it works.