Picture of Vise Stand

As I was cleaning out my shed I came across a space saving spare tire from my old pickup, that I had replaced with a full sized spare. Seeing that this tire has such a thin profile I thought it would make a good pedestal for my vise.

I made it with two different sized pipe so the height is adjustable.

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Step 1: Materials

Old space saving spare tire (auto wreckers usually have tons of these)

  1. 22 in length of 3 ½ in OD schedule 40 pipe.
  2. 16 to 20 in length of 3 in OD pipe
  3. 2 pieces of 8 in square ¼ in thick steel plate
  4. 2 pieces of 12x12 x ¾ in plywood for the top and vice base.
  5. LockNuts, bolts and washers to fit lug holes in spare. (I used ½ x 1in)
  6. 4 carriage bolts, nuts and washers to attach plywood to top.
  7. A 6 inch long ⅜ in bolt for height locking

Step 2: The space saving spare

Picture of The space saving spare

The tire I have has six lug hole's and a 4in diameter centre hole.

I worked out that a 8 in square steel plate would be large enough for the base plate (I roughed out mine circular because I found a scrap that had a half circle already cut).

I used a transfer punch to mark out the lug holes and drilled them out ½ in.

Step 3: The pipe

Picture of The pipe

I used 3 ½ in skid 40 galvanized pipe, the type used in chain-link fencing and 3 in plain steel pipe to fit inside the 3 ½ in.

I cut the galvanized pipe to 22in and welded it to the base plate.

I cut the plain steel pipe to 16in, cleaned the surface rust off and welded it to the other plate.

Clean and prep for priming.

Step 4: Priming and painting

Picture of Priming and painting

The galvanized pipe YOU NEED TO USE A PRIMER FOR GALVANIZED METAL or the topcoat will not adhere.

I used a rust restorer on the steel pipe which turns the surface rust to black paintable primer (I prefer Tremclad Rust Reformer).

I left pimer to dry over night then gave them two coats of paint, giving each coat a day to dry.


Great work, I like the idea of being able to move it around the work area