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Table top & saw vise.

Post in 'The Gear' started by bogydave, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Hard to file a chain with out a vise.
    Made a saw vise & mounted it to a piece of plywood for a table top just for working on the chains saws.
    Now I can clamp it on the little roll around table & keep the roll around table top clean.

    Table top:
    1 saw tbl top.JPG

    Vise: 3 layers of 3/4" plywood, 1/2 all thread, 1/2 NC nut, 1-1/2" square aluminum for the moveable jaw.
    /Drilled a 1-1/4" hole in the plywood then cut down to the hole ("off centered" for the stationary jaw) & for chain clearance.
    Drilled & tapped the end of the all thread & counter sink screw to hold on the aluminum jaw. Nail for the turning handle.
    1Saw vice1.JPG 1Saw vice2.JPG

    !saw tbltop & saw1.JPG

    Table top & saw in vise:
    1Saw on tbl in vice.JPG
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  2. nate379

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    Don't think I've ever used a vise when sharpening. Throw the saw on the tailgate and hold the bar with one hand and file with the other.
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I never did either. But after reading some of the guys post who mentioned clamping the bar in a vise for sharpening, I tried it.
    Pretty easy & faster with a vise. Live & learn ;)

    Now I have a portable one in the shop, which is where I do most of the sharpening.
    May make one for the ATV rack, speeds up the sharpening & I think I do a better job filing with it held in place securely . :)
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  4. DanCorcoran

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    In the field, I do the same. At home, when I'm sharpening several chains, I prefer the vise. More accurate, less mess.
  5. bogydave

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    Worked pretty nice.
    Allot quicker & easier to sharpen a chain.
    Down side so far, I have filings going into the the threads of the all thread & nut
    & need to round (or 45°) the outboard corner of the vise, knuckles hit the corners of the vise filing the small saw.

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    I have a 6" vise bolted to an oak 2"x10" about 2' long with a double layer of ice/water shield tacked to the bottom to keep it from sliding around. Great for sharpening on the tailgate of the job truck and fixing other stuff on site.
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  7. bogydave

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    A real good idea.
    Sure helps to have that extra hand when out in the field.

    Do you use anything on the jaws to protect the bar? That's why I thought of wood & aluminum.
    I guess the bar gets thrown away when worn out . Nothing for the vise to damage .
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    Nothing on the jaws unless you plan on using a 4' cheater pipe on the vise handle!:eek:
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    I have one for use in the field. I found I do a much better job of sharpening when using that vice rather than just setting my saw(s) on the tailgate and trying to hold them still while sharpening.
  12. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Very cool Dave ! I clamp mine into the batch vise with the power head on so I can lock the chain and take my time it works great !

    Pete
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