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Building a Saw Vise


UnknownI managed a couple of hours of work on the saw vise this week. Using a plan I found on Paul Sellers’ web site, I began by roughing out the pieces for the vise. There are two sides, a spacer which fits between the two, and two cross pieces that are attached with a through mortise and tenon. The most interesting part of this project is the cutting of the hinge that allows the vise to open and close. This is new to me and apart from photographs on the internet I have not seen a wooden hinge. Certainly I have no knowledge of the best method to make one.

I started by cutting one of the sides into two pieces. Laying out the hinge with pencil I cut out the outline of the hinge. then a brace and bit was used to cut out the convex shape in one end. On the opposite piece, I carved the cylindrical shape using chisels until it fit into the opposing piece. I then ensured they fit together and drilled the hole for the pin. (The pin is a piece of threaded rod I had lying around). After some fiddling around I had a hinge.


  1. May 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Looks like you are off to a very good start. That’s pretty much how I created my hinge as well when I built mine. This is a very nice sharpening vise to use. You’ll enjoy it.


    • May 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Your vise looks great. Thanks for commenting, any other thoughts and advice are welcome.

      • May 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        Thank you. You have the hard part done. It’s pretty straight forward from here on out. The only issue I have with mine is the size of the wing nut. I bought mine from the big box store and the wings are on the small side. So I usually have to torque it down with a pair of pliers. I did find that McMaster Car carries an old style wing nut with large wings. So I may eventually spring for that, but its not annoying enough to order one yet. I look forward to following your build. Good luck.


      • May 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

        Here is the link to the larger wing nut. The 3/8 has a wing spread of 3″.

  2. paul6000000
    May 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Great hinge! I wish I’d thought to do the hollowed part with a brace when I did mine…
    I used a 5/8″ bolt and wingnut from HD and it exerts lots of force. I found that lapping the bottom of the wing nut, taking the high spots off the threads and adding a dab of grease made it much easier to tighten.

  3. May 15, 2014 at 5:18 am

    interesting vise. was wondering which one to build and I like the idea of the wooden hinge. do you have a link to Paul’s saw vise? I couldn’t find it on his blog. Thank you!

    • May 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Search Pauls website under saw chocks. I’ll post a link this weekend

  4. May 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Hi Greg,
    where on Paul’s site did you get this plan? I searched and came up dry.

  5. May 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I would love to give this one a shot!
    Looking good sir!

  6. mikeday1991
    May 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Reblogged this on Michael's blog.

  7. mikeday1991
    May 22, 2014 at 3:35 am

    This looks excellent. On my long list of things to make!

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