Friday's Tip for October 11th (on Tuesday the 15th. Oops!) - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Friday’s Tip for October 11th (on Tuesday the 15th. Oops!)

 In American Woodworker Blog, Projects, Questions And Answers, Techniques, Workbenches

Vise Crank Handle

I'm getting up in years but I still love woodworking. My hands aren't as limber as they used to be, so it was uncomfortable to twist my vise handle. I remembered the crank on my father's Model T, so I made one just like it for my vise. I drilled a hole slightly bigger than the diameter of the vise's rod in one end of a 1" diameter turned wooden handle. I removed the endcaps from the rod and slid on my new handle. As a bonus, the handle swings out of the way so I won't bang my leg into it. If your endcaps don't come off, you could split your new handle with a chisel, place it around the vise handle and glue the halves back together. 

George G. Spillane

My Take

This is a great idea for a vise that doesn't have a quick release. Instead of the Model T, it reminded me of the knobs on the steering wheels of the tractors I drove growing up. I think they were illegal on cars, and referred to as "suicide knobs."

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