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Make A Portable Vise

February 15 @ 9:00 am - February 16 @ 5:00 pm

bench vise



jameel abraham

Spend two days obuilding an ancient French “etau”– Benchcrafted’s Hi Vise — with Jameel Abraham of Benchcrafted!

This is more than just a workbench appliance, it’s a full-on vise.

It clamps firmly to your current workbench and allows unrestricted access to your workpiece while elevating it to a more ergonomic height.

Excellent for working chair parts with spokeshave or drawknife, dovetailing small parts, holding chair parts for drilling, carving, or any work that is better accomplished from an elevated position.

It’s also portable so you can take it anywhere and clamp it to any table or surface.

While you’ll be learning different techniques during the class, our goal is for you to go back to your shop with a complete, functioning vise.


 Notes from the Maker

The applications for the Hi Vise are numerous. Once you have a leg vise whose jaws extend above the surface or your bench (unlike a typical face vise) you can hold all manner of work that break the typical shape of a flat board. This allows you to hold curved chair parts with ease, and more importantly, gain easy access to that part for working with hand tools such as spokeshaves. The portability of the Mounting Screw means you can take a box of tools and the vise to the park and work at a picnic table,  or off the back of an RV The Hi Vise simply fills a niche for those times when typical bench vises aren’t quite up to the task.

Our rolled acme screw is highly polished (a result of the thread-rolling process) and runs in the nut smoothly. The sliding handle is outfitted with a central V-groove which, when positioned midway in the hub, engages with a spring plunger that centers the handle in the hub. This resulting balance allows rapid and fluid adjustment of the vise and in most cases, enough leverage to clamp your work firmly.  The spring plunger is adjustable to allow the handle to disengage easily when more leverage is needed. Integral leather washers prevent the annoying banging and pinching of typical sliding metallic vise handles. The two-piece garter is machined to a smooth finish on its inner diameter for a free-spinning and easy action with the groove in the hub.  The black oxide finish helps prevent rust and will age to a nice patina with use.

Tools Needed:  CLICK FOR  TOOL LIST 

Materials & Books   Needed:Materials provided

Tuition: $470 per person
Studio & Materials Fee:  $320
One time  Registration Fee: $45


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Hi Vise Feb 15-16 2020 Tuition & Materials
$ 790.00

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