Hold Down Long Round Things With This Quickie Bench Loop-and-V Vice

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Sometimes you have to hold a long round cylinder to your workbench. I usually have to hold down a mast for processing into sailing canoe propulsion. The processing process usually demands that you rotate the round object to painfully (sometimes bloodily) smooth its sides or add gear to it. Here's how I made a quickie vice.

See step 1, which is subdivided quite usefully. Linear thinkers will appreciate that. That was not an insult; I am a linear thinker. I have often wondered what parallel thinking would look like, but, of course, how could I know? Would it look like this, by chance? ....

Today I-------And yet-------Do parallel
will work-----I intend to---thinkers
cold fusion----my novel.-----later moments
too----------------------in the day
I----------------------------------see it this way?

Now I'm scared. Believe me, Step 1 is much, much simpler.

Step 1: Build the WP Holder in 5 Steps, While Not Ignoring the Cautionary Statement

(1) Build a V block to hold your object. Just get a block of wood and cut a V in it big enough to hold the object from slipping out of the V as the object (let us call it a workpiece) is rotated. Feeling rather cool, I added an epoxy-graphite blend to the V to let the workpiece (shall call it a WP?) turn smoothly. That was STUPID! It turns well, leaving ugly black streaks on the WP. I made this mistake so that you would not. Trust me.

(2) Drill a hole in your bench. Use a drill, which is 9,763 times faster than training a rat to do this phase. If you are feeling cool, smooth the edges of the hole so it will not fray the cord critical to the next step.

(3) Push a bungee cord up through the hole.

(4) Push the WP through the bungee loop.

(5) tension the bungee cord, which is a fancy way of saying, hook its hooks around something on the bench so that the cord pulls the WP into the V. You are ready to work.

NOTE: Do all the steps this way or else you risk re-arranging the geology of Delaware. Don't ask me how I know this. Whoever thinks about Delaware, by the way? I haven't for years, or decades, until this very instant. --wt



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    12 Discussions


    10 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    2 years ago

    Excellent concept. I will make a hole in my bench ready for my boom. Thanks for the idea.

    3 replies
    ColRWade Tarzia

    Reply 2 years ago

    iiHey Wade Just wondering - have you ever seen any further images or video of that SOF outrigger that Tim A put together in Hawaii? I did send him a message ages ago but perhaps he's not active here anymore???



    Wade TarziaColR

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi -- No, I have heard nothing more about that. I think he builds some of these project boats and leaves them in the place where he built and used them (probably giving them away). He seems to be focusing these days on his life in San Francisco area, doing various "landscaping ecology" type of projects. I am not aware of him recently doing the same kinds of boating projects and adventures as he used to, though I believe he is still sailing his outrigger canoe made from a Tornado hull, and perhaps he and his friends still enjoy the "free trimaran" he got and fixed up. We in the outrigger community certainly do miss Tim's "leading bleeding edge" adventures.


    5 years ago on Introduction


    Great idea. I will use it, but I will tell people that I invented it myself. Sorry.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Wade

    Neat idea. I'll use it on my rebuild of Hare-iti.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea. My workbench already has the holes in the top for dogs and hold downs; I should be able to use those. I already have some bungee loops with wooden balls on the joined ends, so all I have to do is make sure the V block is high enough to give me some tension on the round stock.

    Cut Delaware some slack - they are smart enough to run their state without sales tax.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I work round things a lot, and this seems an elegant tool for that. Thanks!

    Wade TarziaGoodluck

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Not that time -- the mast was heavy enough to stay in place with just the one bungee, for whatever I was doing to it at the time. But I *could* have added the second one in seconds, because I have plenty of holes in my work bench for stops used in planing.