Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 2
   November 2010
   Shop-Built Saw Vise

Modifying the relief cut
By further modifying the relief cut as shown above, the author eliminated the need to remove a saw's handle before securing it in the vise.

I used a rasp to smooth the curve and scrapers to clean it up further. To complete it, I sanded the vise to 220 grit and applied a coat of sealer (de-waxed shellac), followed by several coats of clear shellac.

After the finish had dried overnight, I installed the now-completed saw vise in the front vise of my workbench and pulled out my saws. The vise held them in a rock-solid grip. A quick signature at the base and a coat of wax, and I was done.

My shop-built vise is a synthesis of two designs and also incorporates some of my own features. Now that it's done, I need to turn some file handles and take this vise for a real test drive!

Dominic Greco
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