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So the vise I had on order got cancelled mainly because they were going to make me wait just too long for delivery. 3 months? Not I..
So anyway I'm thinking of building one from scratch and I'm not too worried about the quick release stuff. I'm not in that much of a hurry.
I would like to use an acme screw similar to something like this just a bit wider. I'm thinking that 3/4 inch would be more than sufficient.
Other than making sure everything is aligned straight and square what other things should I consider in my design? It's going to bolt up under a 3 inch laminated top with likely maple jaws although I'm open to other alternatives. My make shift leg vise is oak and it's not going anywhere. The image here is from a 8 mm so it's going to have to be bigger. Any suggestions for a source of acme screws and matching nuts? The few I ran across on Amazon were relatively inexpensive, but too small.

Edit..about a minute after posting I found a source for the acme stuff.. Go figure, eh? Maybe I should just post anything I can't find ahead of time to make finding things easier.

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I always make my vise jaws and mallets of pine. I would rather have the soft pine crush and distort than damage my work piece. I'm sure I am a minority on this.
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I utilized a 1 1/4",masons scaffold,adj"foot" as the main screw(acme thread)....30 plus years ago as the main ingredient.Ugly,amateurish welding,get r done design.

Just sayin,am sure whatever you build will work out nicely.
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I always make my vise jaws and mallets of pine. I would rather have the soft pine crush and distort than damage my work piece. I'm sure I am a minority on this.

not in my minority. I use poplar (in my Jorgensen) - which is supposed to be even softer than pine. because.....I'd prefer to ding up the vice face rather than dinging my work piece! that's a zero-brainer imho.

I've got a Wilton Number Zero on my mechanical bench - complete with aluminum plates on the jaws - so the work piece doesn't get dinged up.
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Replacable jaw faces of soft wood. The furniture shop down my street has a bunch of bench vises. They change from thin carpet jaws to cedar jaws, depending on the work.
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Well, temporarily till I get the new bench put all together I finally fixed my leg vise and it'll hold just about anything I need to hold in it and the price was right.. $5 for lag bolts and some pennies for the chunk of 2x4 I was going to use for the bench till I realized that I bought knotted and warped lumber late at night when my 87 year old pop was with me.. Ok, that was my own fault.
The throat is only 2", but that's because the bracing for the old plywood top gave me a bit of extra support for the screw. It'll be lower on the new bench.
As far as aesthetics go I could care less as long as it's functional. I'm not one of those guys who thinks my workbench has to be prettier than a grand piano..

Woops! The picture.. Notice the built in place for banging my shins and kneecaps..I might just round those off a bit after I clean up the blood..

I like to line jaws with the rubberized shelf lining stuff and it's pretty slip free especially when banging on things..

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