Greetings to all lovers of homemade products and those who just looked at the site in search of something interesting that can be made, as homemade people like to say – “On the knee of matches and acorns”! Today I bring to your attention an option for making a powerful metal vise. The design will definitely come in handy in the workshop or in the garage. If you have not yet acquired such a “technique”, you are welcome. For the manufacture of this homemade product, the author used mainly sheet metal and channel trim, a more detailed list of materials below. Also at the end of the article a video of the manufacturing process will be attached. Interested in an idea? Then let's start!
Pay attention to the photos, some of them will show the dimensions of materials and parts.
* sheet steel of various thicknesses,
* metal strip,
* steel square bars,
* threaded rod and nuts for it,
* extended threaded bush,
* bolts with nuts,
* cutting disc machine,
* grinder with a grinding wheel (or a brush attachment for metal),
* welding machine,
* magnetic square,
* drilling machine,
* a set of drills, as well as a drill with a crown for metal,
* thread taps,
* marking tool (ruler, core, scribe).
As usual, we start production from the base. We need a metal disc. It can be cut from sheet steel or picked up ready-made, as the author of the homemade product did. We apply markings on it as shown in the photo, fix it with a clamp on the lining and drill according to the hole marks. Next, we cut off a section of the channel and a couple of rectangles from the strip (dimensions in the photo). We process the edges of the channel and plates with a grinder.
We weld the plates to the ends of the channel, process the welded seams. Then, place the resulting box on the disk and weld it in the same way. Do not forget to process the seams so that everything is nice and neat.
Take a stud and two nuts. Please note that on each nut, two parallel edges are slightly ground off. We screw the nuts onto the stud so that the cut edges are in the same plane. We weld them. We install the stud with nuts on the previously prepared base and weld it on.
On a cutting machine, we cut off a piece of the channel and two plates. One end of each plate is at an angle. Place the cut parts on the base as shown in the photo. We place thin sheet gaskets between the plates and the channel. We fix everything with a clamp and weld the plates to the base. We remove the channel, now it is clear why the gaskets were needed, the channel should move freely between the plates.
Again on the cutting machine we saw off the plate of the required size … We process the edges with a grinder. We try on the part on the base and weld it on. We remove the scale and process the seams. The base is ready.
Cut four blanks from the metal strip. We process the edges with a grinder to get a small angle. We install two blanks next to the end of the larger part and grab them by welding. Then we place two more, as shown in the photo, we also grab it. After that, we completely boil the seams and carefully clean everything. Cut out a workpiece from sheet steel in the shape of the resulting end. We weld it on. We repeat the same with the second smaller detail (box).
We fix a large part on the workbench with a clamp, mark it out and first drill a hole with an ordinary drill. Then we increase it to the required diameter with a crown nozzle. We do the same on another plane.
Install the smaller part on the base, align with a magnetic square and weld on. Next, we need to weld a large part (in which a hole was drilled) to the channel, which will “walk” inside the base. To do this, take a lining with a thickness equal to the thickness of the disc. We install our part on it, bring the channel to it. By the way, the hole in the part must match the inner nut welded to the base. To put everything perfectly even, the author additionally uses magnetic squares. We grab the channel to the sponge, then completely weld the parts.
Now we need to prepare another batch of sheet steel parts – two gussets and a rectangle, here the dimensions can be determined in place. We take one of our kerchiefs and grab it to the base as shown in the photo. Then we grab the second scarf and the steel rectangle. Then we boil the seams and process them. We carefully clean everything with a grinder.
At this stage, we weld to the jaws along a piece of square rolled stock, this will be a support for the jaws. Back to our threaded rod again. Additionally, we need a bushing. We string it on a hairpin, which we then insert into the hole. We align everything and weld the sleeve to the sponge. We weld another small piece of the same sleeve to the edge of the hairpin. On the same side, we weld another sleeve to the end of the hairpin.
At this stage, we string another sleeve onto the hairpin. At the necessary distance from the previously welded handle, we drill a hole in it, going a little deeper into the hairpin. In this hole we cut a thread with a tap. Next, we install the hairpin with the bushing in a vice as shown in the photo. We screw a bolt suitable for the thread into the hole on the sleeve.
Cut off two more plates on the cutting machine. We fix each one in our almost ready-made vice. We mark, and according to the marks we drill the holes, we increase them for the secret cooking of the bolts. We cut the required thread in the holes. Next, we lay (glue) the template on the part as in the photo. And on it we perform oblique cuts with a grinder. Then we take a new template and perform the same procedure, only from a different angle. As a result, we get a corrugated surface. We do the same with the other part. As you may have guessed, these are overlays.
You can skip this step. At this stage, the author makes a base for installing the vise on the rack. Not everyone has it, and someone will fix a vice to an ordinary workbench. In general, the author has prepared a few necessary details, as shown in the photo. A pin with a hexagon at the end is welded into the disk, in the center. Then he welds the plate to the pipe. Then he welds the disc to the pipe.
At this stage, paint all the details, then install the previously made base on the rack and fix it with bolts and nuts. On it we collect our vice. We screw the pads into place and test our grips in action. As you can see, it is possible to fix wood and iron blanks in them, for example, for trimming. You can also clamp a plate in this vise for welding.
That's all. Hope you like the idea. Below video.