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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-09-2016, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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My workbench will not accommodate any vise. Sturdy but not ideal. Also I have a very small shop. Sometimes my work has to go under the back patio.

I needed a real woodworking vise. Then the idea, why not make it so it can clamp on the table or on to a set of solid saw horses. Searched around, Lee Valley front vise won out. Kreg bench dogs. Made some metal ones a while back from 3/4" hex head bolts. I ground back one face on each bolt, works great. I will be making more with step faces, and low profile height.

I made the frame from laminated Quarter Sawn pine. The sides and jaws are made from European/German Beech. I had it, I used it. The base is a piece of 3/4" Borg birch plywood 16" X 24". The only thing glued is the pine. Everything else is screwed together in case I need to get to the vise assembly.

I have 4 1/4" jaw opening capacity. I routed the bench dog holes and mentioned them in a recent post. I really am pleased with the end results. It is not too heavy to move, and it has a spot behind my planer against the wall. I have a heavy plastic bag that it fits perfectly in, to keep it from getting dusty when not in use.

Hopefully this year I will finish a 24" planning table with 2 wagon vise and bench dogs, for hand planning my end grain cutting boards. I want to be able to plane from all sides. This vise will be able to be clamped to it also.

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sweet...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great! Nice going.

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Default Great Idea!

Great idea.

I have the hardware enroute for my front vise from Amazon. Maybe I should get another one for a portable vise like yours.

Really like that idea.

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Thanks Stick, Richard, and Keith. I would have mounted it in the traditional way, if my bench could be retrofitted. It actually opened up more clamping possibilities this way. It was a fun build.
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Sweet! I kicking around the idea of a bench dog system. I never thought of using 3/4 bolts for bench dogs. Nice addition, and a good and economical idea. Thanks for sharing.
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Sweet! I kicking around the idea of a bench dog system. I never thought of using 3/4 bolts for bench dogs. Nice addition, and a good and economical idea. Thanks for sharing.
I like that bolt idea as well...but how about just using some 3/4" round bar stock? Something similar to the stubby dogs that L.V. sells? I have some of those, but the bar stock would be dirt cheap.

Just happen to have a 3' chunk of it in the shop...hehehe!

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Thanks Steve. I kicked around different drilling methods and decided on the plunge router. It was so smooth, I laughed each time that I routed a hole. If someone would have witnessed that, they would call for help!
You are limited on the depth of your plunge router travel and the length of the router bit. My holes are 1 1/4" deep. The pine center section that hold the vise assembly is 1 5/8" thick. Instead of using lag bolts, I decided on 5/16 bolts and nuts. I did the same for the vise jaws, all through bolting.

I forgot to mention that I finished the vise with boiled linseed oil.
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Sweet! I kicking around the idea of a bench dog system. I never thought of using 3/4 bolts for bench dogs. Nice addition, and a good and economical idea. Thanks for sharing.
the reasoning most bench dogs are made out of brass is if you hilt one w/ a cutter the cutter might survive...
if you use a steel bolt .. game over...
not so cheap now...
not to mention having to deal w/ shrapnel...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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the reasoning most bench dogs are made out of brass is if you hilt one w/ a cutter the cutter might survive...
if you use a steel bolt .. game over...
not so cheap now...
not to mention having to deal w/ shrapnel...
Somehow, I don't think I would be using any sharp tool near a solid chunk of steel.

My last bench (which I stole the Veritas vise off of) used just four of the LV brass dogs, the rest were all dowels. Cheap like borscht.

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