Woodsmith No. 161 tips & tricks featured these Bench Lockdowns for a
Machinist Vice, that used cam levers and rubber bumpers in the dog
holes to anchor a mounting board to a workbench. Just wondering if any
of you have made this, because I'm stumped on finding suitable rubber
pieces. I've tried Reid's and I've tried Mid Atlantic Rubber. I'm
guessing there is some commonly available item to use, but I can't
find it. Any suggestions? Thanks. Hope this was better than the spam I
have to wade through on this group lately..
If my understanding of the concept is right, you need a piece of
"rubber dowel" that's just slightly smaller in diameter than your
(round) dog holes. (Actually, you might could use it with square dogs
too, but with a square piece of rubber.) IAE, you'd then bore a hole
in the middle of the rubber. This would be easiest on a drill press.
Clamp a piece of plywood to the table, and chuck up a 3/4" bit. Drill
a hole not quite totally through the plywood. Now change bits to one
that's the size of your bolt/threaded rod that came with the cams.
Put the 3/4" rubber piece into the 3/4" hole and drill the smaller
hole in the center. Now you've got your rubber piece.
Not sure where you get the round rubber pieces though. Which
effectively makes this post no help whatsoever. Sorry.
Well,.... if you really wanna do it that way, I can't help you.
I think I saw that hint, and I thought it was way over-thought. There
are simpler ways to do the same job.
I mounted my machinist's vise on a piece of 2x6, with a piece of 2x4
fastened (securely with lag screws) below it. When I want a machists
vise, I put the 2x4 part in my wood working vise, and Bob's my uncle.
I even was smart enough to arrange things so that I can have piece
vertically in the vise, and have it clear the 2x6, so that it can run
all the way down to the floor.
I also fixed a nice bracket for the vise on the side of my bench for
when I don't need it.
Thanks guys, Saw the "bench vise to hold this" b4, and that's amost
where I'm at. But I like the flexibility of the bumpers (location on
the workbench) better, because I've already promised that design to
Dad. I will be checking the auto parts places next. I appreciate your
chiming in, as i know for some of you, it can be a chore like it is
for me to slog through the spam.
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