Is this a commercially available vice or a "one-off"?
A number of us arrange to each build enough parts for a vise or two per participant.
That way on person builds say ten bases, another builds twenty jaws, a third builds x number of large pivots, etc.
Everyone makes one type of part, trying to equalize the costs and labor between the different parts.
Once everything is made all the parts are distributed and everyone gets a vise.
Should be possible with the skills here. Fitment might be tough, but still possible with todays accuracy.
Logistics would be the biggest issue, shipping costs, and agreement on the distribution of labor/material costs.
It's nice to dream though...
It's done in Europe all the time, some towns focus on it, ie Eibar Spain. The general term is 'cottage industry'.
You were thinking farther outside the sphere (Frank S's visualization; infinite points of reference compared to a box). My central goal is an operative Toolroom facing the public, and some manufacturing from within.
Collaborative manufacture takes a group of tricks. It starts with the distribution of equipment, and proximity to shipping points, relatively easy compared to inspection and assembly. Real impasse is funding, worst hurdle of all.
Recent as 70's-80's, an articulating vise was available, with 3 pivots. It was the "Morton" and expensive enough that I put off getting at least one. Equipped better now, making a proper DIY is not insurmountable
One thing remains, articulating jaws are suited to short run or prototypes, conforming jaws work best with long run jobs.
Last edited by Toolmaker51; Jun 30, 2021 at 08:30 PM.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
Moldyjim (Jul 1, 2021)
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