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.
Step 1: Materials
Old space saving spare tire (auto wreckers usually have tons of these)
- 22 in length of 3 ½ in OD schedule 40 pipe.
- 16 to 20 in length of 3 in OD pipe
- 2 pieces of 8 in square ¼ in thick steel plate
- 2 pieces of 12x12 x ¾ in plywood for the top and vice base.
- LockNuts, bolts and washers to fit lug holes in spare. (I used ½ x 1in)
- 4 carriage bolts, nuts and washers to attach plywood to top.
- A 6 inch long ⅜ in bolt for height locking
Step 2: 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
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
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.
Step 5: Locking Handle
I made a handle out of a old 6 in ⅜ bolt by bending it 90˚.
I drilled and tapped a hole 6 inches from the top of the galvanized pipe for the bolt to use as a height adjustment lock.
Step 6: Finish
I mounted the base plate to the tire using ½ inch bolts with lock nuts.
Slid the other pipe into the base.
Used carriage bolts to attach a piece of plywood to the top plate and a second piece of plywood to the vise. I just used a couple of screws to join the plywood together.
A sturdy stand that easily moved around by tilting and rolling.