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The idea behind this project was to create a simple and useful woodworking vice (yes, that's how you spell it over here in the UK) that could be clamped to my makeshift workbench (my desk).

As I don't have any metal working equipment, and only a few hand tools, a wood based vice made sense. Also, the wooden clamps I made a few weeks ago have performed so well that they seemed to be a good base for the project.

 
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Step 1: Tools

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To build this project I used the following tools:

A bench hook (home-made)
Two wooden clamps (home-made too)
Panel saw
Hack saw
A plane
Marking guage
A square
A drill
screwdriver
And a sharp pencil

Step 2: Materials

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The vice is built from a recycled piece of MDF, to give the flat vice faces, and some stronger stock to act as a clamp - a section of 2x1 would be ideal, but this is just what I had lying around (and I dont mind using a saw and a plane).

The threaded rod is M6 and so are the nuts and washers - this should be plenty strong enough.

Step 3: Cut the stock

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From the left:

The clamp rails are 30cm x 2.5cm x 4.5cm

The MDF face plates are 14cm x 18cm x 2cm

The front rail is 18cm x 3cm x 2cm

The studding is 14cm and 24cm

Step 4: Drilling the main rod holes

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This is a relatively simple build, just be sure to keep the vice faces and the back rail sandwiched together with clamps before drilling the holes for the studding - good alignment will improve the strength.

Also once the first hole is drilled, thread a piece of studding through the sandwich to ensure the second hole will be true.

Step 5: Assembly

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Now all you do is put all the pieces together.

After assembly the front face was sticking so I've widened the holes to 9mm improving the travel.

Enjoy !
llib1111 year ago
WHen pressured is applied to the wing nuts, the jaws form a "V" instead of straight alignment. How do I fix? Jaws too wide? Nuts too low??
I have used this technique exactly some time ago but mostly to do hold down wooden clamps and handsrew clamps.
For a vise I think it works ok if you have the patients to go through all those fine threads.
Otherwise a good instructable, thanks for sharing it.
 Yeah, the fine threads are a pain, but it does make a good spare. (BTW I love the concept of the Smallest Workshop in the World)

Matt
Thanks
red-king3 years ago
 I would have used larger rods, and i would have used 3 of them, and only put a nut on the middle one. That's just me though, what you have done should work fine too.
Im going to build one of these for my Desk (For my electrical and woodworking projects in my bedroom). Thanks for the idea
Phil B4 years ago
You made a wooden vise. Wood vice would be illegal things done by wood. Otherwise, you have a nice Instructable. Thank you for it.
matt byrne (author)  Phil B4 years ago
Glad you liked it Phil. However, according to my Oxford English dictionary 'Vice' is indeed the correct spelling - we brits are funny like that.

A wood vice is something that can be used to hold wood. A wooden vice is something MADE OF wood, that could hold something.. like more wood.

Yes? So it's not the spelling of the word <vice> being addressed.

The words "wood vice" describe an immorality on the part of, or perhaps implemented using, wood. Ahem. Erm. Hehehhhh...

The description of a vice as "wooden" signifies that the vice is *made of* wood. Or stiff in it's delivery of a punchline. Ba-dumph tsssh.
kitsuken kerns4 years ago
You made a wooden vise. Wood vice would be illegal things done by wood.

Phil was making *both* points, the spelling and the wooden ones.

also, technically a wooden vice would make an ideal wood vice as it wouldn't damage the wood like a metal vice would. So it's accurate either way
can someone get the hook please. For our next act........
matt byrne (author)  kerns4 years ago
Err, well, thanks for clearing that up Kerns ;)
I apologize. I did not realize you are from the UK. I know there are such differences between UK and US usage, but was not aware of that one. I had run into "C clamps" (US) and "G cramps" (UK). Thanks for tolerating my lack of knowledge.
blackcat_rj4 years ago
Matt, Do you have a instructable to wooden clamps? great instructable! ;)
matt byrne (author)  blackcat_rj4 years ago
Haven't made one yet, but will do so at the weekend - I need a couple more clamps for a project I'm working on at the mo' so I'll take some pictures :)
morfmir4 years ago
great instructable, very useful vice from simple and cheap materials. /Thomas
matt byrne (author)  morfmir4 years ago
Thanks Thomas, that's a great compliment coming from you.
SinAmos4 years ago
I think this is helpful for a lot of people without beautiful vice, but I have an ancient metal vice that is too good to be usurped by woodage.
matt byrne (author)  SinAmos4 years ago
Well if that's you in your profile picture I'm not about to start an argument !
Of course that is me. Start it.
what a great idea . must be cos ur a brit ! ! We are the best
matt byrne (author)  stephenniall4 years ago
Thanks a lot for you comment, and I'm sure Great Britain thanks you for your patriotism ;)
Nice :) The threads seem like they'd be fine enough that it might be a headache.
matt byrne (author)  madwilliamflint4 years ago
Yes indeed, that's one of the problems with it. I had a thought of hacking up an old g-clamp to get the threaded rod out of that (which has a much steeper pitch), but I haven't worked out how to fix the female side to the face of the vice (if you see what I mean).
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