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    Precision Toolmakers bench vise

    Hi Everyone!
    This is my first post and i just wanted to put some of my work out there and see what every one thinks. I've been training in an old school tool room in a wire forming shop for about 2 years and this is the first serious tool I've been able to make for myself. I had access to a full machine shop when i made this toolmakers vise so its not exactly homemade but the design is very simple and could be easily replicated at home with a bit less precision.

    All the components were machined by hand using 40~ yr old standard tool room equipment like a bridgeport, atlas lathe, and surface grinder. All parts are O-1 tool steel but have not been hardened as our oven is not big enough

    It measures 1.5" wide by 7.5" deep, can clamp to a table up to 3" thick and securely hold material up to 3.5" thick

    It is designed to limit any angle between the faces while providing high clamping pressure with relatively little effort, so if i keep it clean i should be able to hold work without marring it for years to come

    ~~~If the pictures are not accessible please let me know, i have been having trouble posting them, any other questions are also welcome. Thanks for checking it out!~~~

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    Last edited by Evoght; Jan 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM.

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    Hi Evoght,


    The vise sounds great, but the photos didn't attach properly. Give it another shot when you have a moment. Any more details you can include would be great.


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