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April 9, 2013

Vise upgrade

Filed under: Clamping,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:13 am

I built this particular vise back in 2002 and it has been in constant use since that time.  The photograph below was taken in 2005 and it had seen some use since then and was in need of an upgrade.

I used a toothing plane to smooth off the saw marks, chisel marks, etc that had marked up the top of the maple chops.  I then used a card scraper to remove the toothing marks and the surface was ready for the upgrade.

vise update

Using my one inch ruler punch I marked off a ruler a little over 5″ in length on the top edge.  I first used a cold chisel to mark the one inch marks, then used the punch to fill in.   I then used my old number punches to mark the increments. [I didn’t think I needed to include the gnomon on this picture.

I should have done this when I first built the vise as I have already found it to be very helpful.


1 Comment »

  1. I hadn’t seen your ruler punch post before, that’s excellent! I have been meaning to buy some 1″ steel bar for making texture punches, but I always pass because I can’t think of much use for the remaining 2′ 3/4″ of steel bar. (the only length I can get them at the hardware store).

    But this might just make it worth it. I’ve been meaning to make a copy of the Mary Rose ruler for my shop, and this seems like a good way to make it accurate.


    Comment by Brander Roullett — April 9, 2013 @ 11:38 am

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