Introduction: You Don't Have a Wood Vice? Hack Your Metal Vice!
I have a few projects queued up, one of them is a wooden vice, I already have all the parts for it I just haven't gotten around to making it yet.
Well yesterday I was working on something else and I needed to put some wood in my vice so I could use my grinder to carve something on it, this being an almost finished item I had to have it so loose that it would have been impossible to work on it or I would have had to search for scraps that were big enough to hold the piece yet small enough to be out of the way!
So instead I hacked my vice and made new jaws out of soft wood that can be adult replaced if they get dirty or damaged and I can put the metal ones back at any point.
Step 1: Locate Your Vice
Lol if you don't have a vice or can't find it then it would be kind of hard for you to hack it... Lol
Step 2: Unscrewing the Jaws
Can your vice open wide enough that you can comfortably remove the screws holding the jaws in place? If not then just take it apart.
On my vice and on most I've seen before you can just turn the screw until it's loose but some have safety mechanisms so that you don't accidentally drop half your vice on your foot. So look at your vice and determine how to best remove the jaws. After you've determined that then just unscrew the two screws holding each jaw to the vice.
Step 3: Now Look for Some Soft Wood
I have what I'm pretty sure is a pine 2x1 scrap, this will work great, it's not too soft and not too hard either and it's cheap to replace
Step 4: Cut It Down
Now either measure it or put the original jaw next to it and mark it or some how determine where you'd need to cut it to fit.
I just put my metal jaw right on the cross sled I built earlier for my saw and while holding it to blade I clamp a stop on the other end, this makes cutting easy.
Now to cut the depth just stand the 2x1 on its side and determine the depth you want, I made it a little bit bigger than my metal jaws because it's wood and I wanted to keep it strong, but it's your call.
Now that it's the same length and depth are set let's cut the hight the same way, just put your original jaw next to the blade and move your stop to its place and clamp it. Now just run it thru and you should be able to get both sides from this, provided that you have the same vice and used the same wood if not just cut another one down to size
Step 5: Mark the Holes
Now that you have two pieces of wood that are the right size all you need to do is mark the two holes on each piece.
Now drill it with the appropriate bit, if you have a brad tip it would probably be better to use that and I set mine up on my drill press but it's ok to use a drill just make sure you drill exactly where you had marked, this is critical so take your time.
Step 6: Countersink!!!
Now if you don't have a countersink set you should buy one! They are not expensive yet they will help a lot and after you own then you will ask yourselves "how did I ever lived without this?"
So countersink your holes so that the screws are safely hidden away, if you don't have countersink bits just use a bigger diameter bit and be very careful to only go in about a 16th" (might be different depending on the depth of your piece and shape of the screws.)
If you want you can sand your pieces now but you do t have to.
Step 7: Put Them in Place
Now that you've drilled the holes just screw your new jaws in place.
Then assemble your vice and you are done!
Step 8: Take It for a Spin.
Ok don't literally take it for a spin, I just meant test it out.
I named my vice George Washington!
So let's test the General by clamping done some random circle I had sanded down for some reason, and as you can see I tightened it tighter than you'd normally tighten any piece and it wasn't marked at all!
So I call this one a success, now back to the other project, see you soon!
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