• We invite you to join UKWorkshop.
    Members can turn off viewing Ads!

Could this be a vice...?

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

Dokkodo

Established Member
Joined
8 Jan 2017
Messages
237
Reaction score
13
Location
Bristol
I got a useful looking bit of metal at a car boot in France, which I assume was part of a vice or maybe press. I was wondering if anyone immediately sees a clever way to engineer it into a sort of tail vice for the workbench I’m building... it’s just the threaded part with the handle, a solid 100x100ish plate with threaded hole and a couple washers at the moment, and I feel like somethings missing... I’ve had a few ideas but nothing quite elegant enough to warrant enacting
 

Attachments

ED65

Established Member
Joined
3 Dec 2015
Messages
3,593
Reaction score
2
Lots of views but no replies yet, not sure why. I don't see any reason that couldn't be turned into an end vice, depending on the style you're thinking of you either fix the handle end or the threaded plate and let the other end move in and out.

Only possible niggle I can forsee is that the tommy bar is very long, which because this isn't a QR mechanism means it could get in the way sometimes. Not an absolute dealbreaker but something to think about depending on where that end of the bench will be positioned relative to other things, i.e. near a wall or a static power tool. Edit: and if your benchtop is low enough it just occurred to me that it might pose a risk to a nearby kneecap!
 

Dokkodo

Established Member
Joined
8 Jan 2017
Messages
237
Reaction score
13
Location
Bristol
Cheers!

I think simplest would be to fix the threaded plate and have the end push something that grabs.

Other downside is that the thread stops half way along the bar so the handle will always be sitting miles off the bench, unless I fit the threaded plate far into the bench but that also doesnt seem right.

Anyway thanks for the reply :)
 

worn thumbs

Established Member
Joined
20 Dec 2014
Messages
656
Reaction score
0
Location
Norfolk
It could be incorporated into a vice.It may have been part of a press in a former life.Is it less work to turn it into a vice or to sell it and look for a Record 52 1/2 on ebay?
 

novocaine

Established Member
Joined
21 Jul 2014
Messages
2,692
Reaction score
426
Location
Warrington
it is a vice, just not in the way you think it is.

it's more suited to a sliding dog vise, so a channel in the bench that goes right through then a pin that extends above the top of the bench.

something like this.
vicish.jpg


not a whole lot of work to do and it's practicality is up to those who use this sort of thing to decide.

edit to add, it's called a Wagon Vise.
 

Attachments

Bm101

Lean into the Curve
Joined
19 Aug 2015
Messages
4,212
Reaction score
584
Location
Herts.
Looks like the tail vice screw I'm using to fit a leg vice. Not saying it is (I don't know anything) but it seems a similar set up at least. Wonder if that blank part of thread went through a big fat leg on an old French bench?
https://www.axminster.co.uk/veritas-tai ... rew-475227



I've turned the end screw on mine so the cone faces to the rear just because it seems to make more sense (and easier to fit. :-" )
Routed the housing before drilling the hole so I didn't lose my centre marks in case you're thinking 'What on Earth is he doing there...? '



Just wondering, not pretending to know. :D
Cheers,
Chris
 

Dokkodo

Established Member
Joined
8 Jan 2017
Messages
237
Reaction score
13
Location
Bristol
Already got a good side vice, i was thinking more along tail vice lines sorry I should have said. But its definitely most of the way there, whichever type of squasher it used to be! Compared to your photos chris, all thats missing is the second bracket.

Cheers novocaine, Ill research some wagon vice designs, seen a the HNT Gordon tail vices around on the web (this sorta thing) and although ive done without anything like that so far, looks like it could be for holding big flat things. This has removed my doubts enough to have a go!
 

Dokkodo

Established Member
Joined
8 Jan 2017
Messages
237
Reaction score
13
Location
Bristol
so this is basically spot on as far as I can see, only thing I cant tell is whats stopping the threaded rod getting pulled forwards out of the end supporting block at the back?
 

novocaine

Established Member
Joined
21 Jul 2014
Messages
2,692
Reaction score
426
Location
Warrington
refer to part A. :D it's a U shaped metal tongue that sits behind the flange on the end of the shank (just at the end of the thread in your picture) with just a bit of free play fore/aft (about 2mm with an acme thread). because you've trapped the shank between the handle head and the flange the block will be the only thing that can move (in the Z axis), the threaded section will remain still so it can't fall out the block at the other end.

the block at the other end is just for support, normally you'd want to put a bearing surface in there but it isn't completely needed.
 

Dokkodo

Established Member
Joined
8 Jan 2017
Messages
237
Reaction score
13
Location
Bristol
Aha! So my problem is that flange isnt fixed! its just a washer. But I suppose it could be fixed. If I tap in a grub screw, then ill be able to get it on after the block too.

Great. Thanks again.
 

Bm101

Lean into the Curve
Joined
19 Aug 2015
Messages
4,212
Reaction score
584
Location
Herts.
Dokkodo":29rpinvd said:
Already got a good side vice, i was thinking more along tail vice lines sorry I should have said. But its definitely most of the way there, whichever type of squasher it used to be! Compared to your photos chris, all thats missing is the second bracket.
Don't apologise! I had no doubt Novocaine was right. He has form.
Just thinking aloud. :wink:
 

novocaine

Established Member
Joined
21 Jul 2014
Messages
2,692
Reaction score
426
Location
Warrington
ahhhhh, then yes you are missing a piece. :) a gert big pair of nuts :shock: . you aren't likely to find them as it looks like a very old square thread form. so you have a couple of choices. 1 is a roll pin through the shaft, it will work but if you use it with dogs across the bench it may not stand up to the pressure (or it might to be honest, not that much force to hold wood still for planing) or a ring with a pair of grub screws and a small dimple or flat put in the shaft. both are easy enough to do.
 

memzey

Established Member
Joined
8 Apr 2013
Messages
1,753
Reaction score
11
Location
St. Albans
Doesn’t the threaded screw part block the bottom of the moving block, making it difficult to raise and lower the dog?
 
Top