DIY Bench Top Vise

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So this started off as a quick glue-up clamp jig for small pieces. The more I used it, I saw the potential for other uses. I added an extension to make the bars taller and just like that, it became a vise. I find it to be useful for many applications such as the following.

Useful applications:

  • Clamping objects
  • Glue-ups (great for cutting boards)
  • A second hand at the drill press
  • You can use all the T-track accessories
  • Holding plywood

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Materials Used

  • (2) Plywood base- 14in(355.6mm) X 14in( 355.6mm) X 3/4in(19.05mm)
  • (2) Front & Back bar [hardwood]- 14in(355.6mm) X 1 7/8in(47.62mm) X 3/4in(19.05mm)
  • Universal T- Track - http://amzn.to/2ynvmZO
  • Hardware Kit: http://amzn.to/2zn4MOZ
  • (4) T-Bolts
  • (4) Round knob (5/16'')
  • (2) 5 - Star - Insert Knobs (5/16'')
  • (4) 24'' Threaded Rods (5/16'') Mount screws for T-track
  • Threaded inserts (5/16'')

Tools Used

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Step 1: Making the Base

This can be made at any size. I'm going to touch base on this as the way it is built.

I started by ripping two sheets of plywood to 14i x 14 inches. Next, glue the two panels together, then clamp or simply add weight on top. Allow enough time for the glue to dry.

Step 2: Making the Clamp Bars

I would suggest you use a piece of hard lumber. Cut the piece of lumber the same width of the base. Then, rip two pieces of lumber for the front and back.

With both parts cut to size, Identify one of the lumber as front and one as the back. The one for the back will have a hole drilled half the way for the rod to be inserted (hole to be on both ends). This should be a tight fit for the rod; it will be screwed in.

The lumber for the front bar will have a hole drilled in the same location as the back bar (this hole will be slightly larger than the rod.) This needs to be lined up accurately so the lumber can move freely on the rod. I used a jig at the drill press to ensure the holes are in the same location.

See plans for more details >> HERE

Step 3: Adding the T-Tracks

Route the slot in for the T-Tracks. Ideally, you want the T-Track flushed with the base surface. Cut the T-Tracks down to the same width as the track and while you're at it cut the rods as well. I cut them so they are a bit longer than the base.

Next, make the next set of holes in both front and back bar. These should be centered over the T-Track.

Step 4: Sand and Protect

Sand down all the parts. Then add protection to the wood. I used Shellac .

Step 5: Assembling

Inset the T-tracks, pre-drill and screw the tracks in place. Now, add all the parts in the vise as shown in the photo.

Step 6: Adding the Rod

To screw the knob in could be tough on your hands.

There are many methods you can apply here. You can use a T-bolt. I ended up using a knob I had on hand. If you want to lock the rod in the back lumber then you can add a bit of wood glue it the hole. The rod should pass through the front bar (freely) into the back, which the rod will create its own thread.

Step 7: Add On

If the bars are too low, then you can add an extension. Simply repeat the same step to make the bars.

Step 8: Ways to Use

Here are a few photos showing uses of the vise.

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    BaznSuz

    2 months ago

    Great idea, although I'm not keen on just threading the rod into the back bar. I'd be concerned that in time the rod would rip out of the thread. My preference would be to drill all the way through like in the front bar, and then use pronged T-nuts in the back face, then there's no way the rod would pull out

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    imreprobate

    1 year ago

    Finally, a well-built and useful tool. Very nice!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Bill WW

    1 year ago

    Nice work; I can always use another work holder! I use the same method of using weights when gluing items. Most of the exercise I get from the weight lifting weights is lifting them to the work bench.

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    blackpearlin

    1 year ago

    This is a very neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    misterxp

    1 year ago

    Excellent instructable and very useful clamp. Thanks for sharing!

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    seamster

    1 year ago

    This looks very useful - I like the idea quite a bit. Thanks!