High Vise

I wanted another Vise for the bench, and found this in a old "Shop Notes" Vol 20, Issue 120. It looked good and it will raise the work up to a more comfortable level while standing.

This was made with 8/4 Ash that I had on hand. After running it through the planer and jointed one edge I ripped a 4-1/2" strip out of that 6' board. All of the parts and pieces came out of that, a little resawing for a few parts. The vise is 18" high x 4-1/2" wide x 4-1/2 deep, then the arm in back extends 5" onto the bench. The Acme threads I had to order from McMaster Carr. I finished it with a few coats of Danish Oil, except for the auxiliary jaws. There are 2 sets of jaws for this, a smooth and one that has groves for round objects. The Jaw capacity is 5".

I fun build and which involved a few tricky cuts. I had to use Copper pipe for the Ferrules on the Hub assembly, could not source a short piece of steel pipe locally. But my version looks better.

I mounted it to the bench corner, drilling the hole so it could be turned 90* and attach to the side. I also drilled a mounting hole over on the other side of the bench. I have put this to use already, nice to have an extra set of hands in the shop.

And I even used the last project posted, as a drying rack today.

On to my next project already.

There is a blog series with more details and the construction of this little vise, which has a good grip for it's size without having to crank on the handle.
Building a High Vise #1: Getting started - Craftisian 

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

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Looks good, nice workmanship as well.     


Came out great! Nice use of the ponies…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

that is one sexy looking vice GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Ron, thanks. A steady pace and careful lay out made all the difference.

Ryan, thanks. And a strong grip, yes the ponies are going to come in handy.

Tony, thanks. I like sexy legs. Now who said shop furniture can't look good.

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Corelz, thanks. The straight grain of the Ash popped when I put the Danish Oil on it. I will probally add a few more coats as time goes by.

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WOW!!! That is a nice and practical Vice Eric.


That was quick.  Came out great.

Love the moxon.  I need to make one.


Beautiful job 

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Cliff, thanks. I will be putting this to much use.

Petey, thanks. Hey when you are retired, hanging in the shop things get done. The Moxon gets used a lot in the shop, that was a Wind River hardware kit.

Don, thanks. One can never have enough vises in the shop.

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Eric, looks terrific and it’ll save the back for sure!
Nice, it should function quite well there, nice build.
Turned out real nice there Eric, I definitely need a mini one, will be better that the parallel clamp I normally use.

Given the Moxon, the ponies and the high vise - I'm starting to think your bench is 5" too short :)
Awesome job.  A high vise is something that's on "my list"


fancier than mine.  I like it!  Nice job Eric.

Drop out of warp and prepare to be boarded. Mike southwest CO

Real nice vise, Eric!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Eric, that is a piece of art!


That's a handsome vise, Eric.  The copper ferrules are definitely a nice touch.
Like Petey said that was quick. The copper was a nice touch. Did you have to buy a full length?
Wow! It's beautiful and looks so tough!

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