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By Claymore
#1199825
Hi,
As you might know I do a lot of detailed carving/shaping using either gravers/chisels/rotary tools and I have noticed i am losing all strength in my right hand (the left is already knackered) so i decided to adapt a cheap alloy tilting vice into a great little carving vice by adding a 205mm diameter disc with 6mm holes in the surface that enables me to hold virtually any small shaped pieces which leaves both hands free to do the carving....its not a cure but it will keep me going a bit longer :D as its worked out very useful i think it might help others for their projects? here's what you need to make your own.
1: Alloy Vice like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Model-Craft-M ... xyRhBS78w6 mine was actually cheaper from either Lidl or Aldi so worth looking out for in your local stores.
2: 1 of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-Large- ... 0005.m1851

3: Some of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hardwood-Dow ... PArjvvW_Wg chose these as they are cheap and easy to get.

4: 6 x 15mm wood screws (countersunk)

First thing to do is print a copy of my template with the holes marked on (makes it easier than just drilling random holes, I don't know if i can post a pdf file on here but if not email me and i will send you a copy no problem.)
Stick the template onto the chopping board and cover with clear tape to stop it lifting when drilling, then cut round the template and drill all the holes using a 6mm drill bit (the dowels will be a tight fit which is better than too loose) once drilled remove the template and then cut another disc out of the chopping board approx 90mm diameter and out of the scrap piece cut a rectangle piece approx 40mm wide x 90mm.
Now drill pilot holes in the rectangle and countersink before screwing it onto the smaller disc....this is the bit you clamp in the vice, then using some double sided tape cover the other side of the small disk and stick it in the centre of the 205mm disc (glue doesn't seem to stick to the chopping board material very but the tape is ideal)
Hey Presto your ready to go! :D
Unlike the adjustable and more expensive vices from Dremel and Stanley which are plastic the alloy one is VERY solid bit of kit and once clamped to your bench it makes filing/carving much easier on your hands and its a nice cheap addition to your workshop, as the disc is made from plastic if you slip with you carving tool it won't damage the cutting edge. I have been using a small handheld version for decades and only now have i made this and wish i'd done it years ago.
Hope ya like it and if you want a template give me a shout
Cheers
Brian
Attachments
205mm carving vice template 2 part (Small).jpg
205mm carving vice template 6mm holes (Small).jpg
Carving vice 3 (Small).jpg
Carving vice 2 (Small).jpg
Carving vice 1 (Small).jpg
Last edited by Claymore on 12 Jan 2018, 19:16, edited 1 time in total.
By NazNomad
#1199835
Looks like a useful piece of kit. Might be an idea for all this HDPE I'm processing.
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By bugbear
#1199881
That's very close to making a scaled up one-of-these, whatever they're called:

aa.jpg

(e.g. item 232299846753 on eBay, £7.99)

BugBear
By NazNomad
#1199888
[quote="bugbear"]That's very close to making a scaled up one-of-these, whatever they're called:

Image

Engraver's vice?
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By Claymore
#1199907
Aye yep that's the the same as my handheld engraving vice :D and my new one is basically a bigger version that mounts on the bench so leaves ya hands free, I used to have a really good large one with a 5" ball vice made from iron/steel that sat in a wooden triangle that was wrapped in leather to cushion the blows......it came from a jewellers in Halifax many many years ago Charles Horners (the guy who trained me had it handed down to him from an elderly relative along with loads of hand tooled punches when he was young and I inherited them) still have some of the gravers knocking about.

Cheers
Brian
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By linkshouse
#1199928
Great idea, thanks for sharing Brian.

I wonder if the adjustable clamping feature on the proprietary engraver's vice would be easy to add.

That's another little job to add to my ever-growing workshop list.

Phill
By AES
#1199953
Great idea Brian, and from the pix, nicely made too.

As linkshouse said, YET ANOTHER "roundtoit"!

AES
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By Claymore
#1199992
linkshouse wrote:Great idea, thanks for sharing Brian.

I wonder if the adjustable clamping feature on the proprietary engraver's vice would be easy to add.

That's another little job to add to my ever-growing workshop list.

Phill


Great idea Phill, you would need thicker material if you want to make it adjustable so maybe 1" MDF would work ok .....I have added your idea to my roudtoit list :lol:

Cheers
Brian
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By bugbear
#1199994
linkshouse wrote:Great idea, thanks for sharing Brian.

I wonder if the adjustable clamping feature on the proprietary engraver's vice would be easy to add.

Yes - That's the suggestion I was making!

BugBear
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By Claymore
#1200149
Templates for the vice top.
The two part is for the adjustable mk2 version suggested by you guys :D
Just print them on A4 sheets
Attachments
205mm carving vice template 2 part (Small).jpg
205mm carving vice template 6mm holes (Small).jpg
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By bugbear
#1200184
Claymore wrote:Templates for the vice top.
The two part is for the adjustable mk2 version suggested by you guys :D
Just print them on A4 sheets

The obvious issue is how to fix them to the separate jaws of the vice. Perhaps if the vice is only aluminium, drilling, tapping and screwing might work?

BugBear
By AES
#1200207
Well my own little vice (looks similar to the one in Claymore's pic) is certainly some sort of cast alloy (I wouldn't swear to ali though), and it's certainly meaty enough to take drilling & tapping with care (4 mm would be good probably).

Otherwise, if the 2 vice faces are screwed on, then why not remove them and replace then with a piece of ply say, onto which the face of each half could be screwed?

Just suggestions (I haven't even looked at my little vice recently, and shan't get around to doing anything about this idea for a L O N G while).

AES

Edit for P.S. Sorry, sleepy - above I said "... 2 vice faces ...". I should have said "jaws".

AES
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By Claymore
#1200358
I have two of the little vices so will have a go at drilling and tapping a 4mm thread, I think its a great idea

Cheers
Brian