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    Bench vise

    I am new to woodworking and even though I started in Janurary I have spent a ton of money on saws, router, and whatever.
    What I do not have is a bench vise for wood, I do have a standard on the bench vise for metal ect.
    My wife has cut me off so buying one at this point is out of the question so is there a way to hold wood ont he table for sanding, planing ect. witthout spending a more money?

    Thanks
    Dan

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    Clamps. This what I do.

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    Just screw a couple of blocks of wood to a piece of plywood, then clamp the plywood to a table/bench. Lay the piece to be sanded between the blocks and tap a wedge between the workpiece and one of the blocks to hold the workpiece against the other block and as long as the blocks and wedge are no thicker than the workpiece, you will have full access to the piece for sanding, etc.

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    1. Replace your wife.
    2. Buy a bench vise.



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    I wouldn't know what to do if my wife cut me off from buying tools. Oh wait a minute I forgot shes the one that is buying all the tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    1. Replace your wife.
    2. Buy a bench vise.
    Dan,

    Pay no attention to these guys.

    Your wife is worth her weight in gold! She *will* eventually let you spring for more tools again. Patience, I've been told, is actually a virtue...

    In the meantime, wonder dogs are not, technically, tools. They are innovations! Dreams realized! Creativity incarnate!

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...29&cat=1,41637

    If those are too much, you can buy the materials you need to fake some for about $3.97 at the borg!

    .



    Replace wife! Geez, Frank. It's not exactly a seller's market out there right now. Why, if I tried to sell Doorlink anytime before Q3, I bet I wouldn't even make the cost of a powermatic 3250b, much less a robust!

    Thanks,

    Bill
    (don't worry, Doorlink's off at choir practice. There's no way she'll ever see this...

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    I run a couple of these: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94386

    Here's a pic of the bench during construction:

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    I have two Lee Valley's to replace them with. I even have the new jaw blanks glued up. These just haven't annoyed me enough yet to change. I got them on sale for about half what they are now but, I notice they have a non-QR version for $30. It's under-sized but, for that much, use it till your tired of it and then use it for a wheel chock.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42494
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Hey Glenn which Lee Valley units did you buy? One of these?

    http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...80&cat=1,41659
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Dan,

    Replace wife! Geez, Frank.
    Silly me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Replace wife! Geez, Frank. It's not exactly a seller's market out there right now. Why, if I tried to sell Doorlink anytime before Q3, I bet I wouldn't even make the cost of a powermatic 3250b, much less a robust!

    Thanks,

    Bill
    (don't worry, Doorlink's off at choir practice. There's no way she'll ever see this...
    Um Bill, darling...may I have a word with you?

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