Make a smart vise jig part 2: from sketchs to reality

After contemplating all my different design ideas, I decided to start with the basics and make a prototype. This called for a a simple piece of wood shaped like see-saw.

Even with this simple design I suggest a few variations: Cutting the whole shape from one block of wood; Cutting a dowel rod in half and gluing it at the middle of the auxiliary jaw; Inserting a short dowel into the auxiliary jaw to act at a hinge. 

I ended up making the adjustable jaw by cutting its shape from one block of poplar. A harder wood like Maple would be even better. 

And here is how the jig works…

You can also hold the workpiece upright or at an angle. To increase the jaw's grab you can glue a piece of sand paper on its inner side and maybe on the vaulted hinge back. 




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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.