Jim Ritter (who makes a nice chain leg vise) posted a clever vise on the WoodNet forums some time ago. I didn’t have the parts so I kinda forgot about it. But I remembered I wanted a Wilton PowerArm Jr. Which I eventually found (this is the mechanical version, they also make a hydraulic version). Jim’s photo was reposted recently, and forehead slap, “Doh! that’s why I have that” and out to the shop. Couple of hours, a cheapo Harbor Freight clamp, more screws than a porno later and I gots a pretty sweet articulated vise. It isn’t grippy enough for mallet work but works good for file work. I should line the jaws but using grip pad works well.
Note on the HF clamps: nice wood, cheese metal screws, all the quality workmanship you expect from HF and they work fine (sez me, who has never used a Jorgy wood clamp).
- Well, I didn't expect that to work, but nothing took flight. Fly cutting steel on a mag chuck as weld prep. The chuck is so new it doesn't have a model number. Or serial number for that matter.Tee slot chamfer tool, both edges in go.Clearance is clearance Clarence. Space is kinda tight in there, lots of clamp hopscotch. Slot clean up. Using flexly flyer garage sale end mill, at least it's carbide. Cuts something like 0.012" under, maybe a regrind?