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.
Step 1: Tools
To build this project I used the following tools:
A bench hook (home-made)
Two wooden clamps (home-made too)
And a sharp pencil
Step 2: Materials
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
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
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
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.
Merwyn_in made it!