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I often need to fix wood on the edge to saw tenons or work the edge of a board, but I don’t have a traditional woodworking bench.
While studying at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, I worked on a traditional bench where the planks were fixed to the edge of the top. This inspired me to make my “wedge vice”.
This simple shop-made vise clips onto a cart or my assembly table. It can be adjusted to hold almost any piece of wood of any size, but stacks easily and takes up little space. The vise consists of two plywood and 2 × 4 sandwiches that are glued and screwed together to form the mask. Each is cut out to form an L shape which is fixed to the tabletop. A wedge is then used to secure the board against the edge of the table.
Use compensated 1⁄2 ″ and 2 × 4 6 1⁄2 ″ long offsets to make the masks. Once glued and screwed together, I cut out the L shape. The plywood adds strength to the 2 × 4 core.
The wedges are also made from scraps; they are 3⁄4 “thick x 1 3⁄4” wide x 7 “long, with a taper towards one end.
Enhance your work with this portable, versatile and adjustable vise that fits in your toolbox. -Erek Johnson
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