A Handy Bench Top Low Profile Vise For Band Saw Or Drill Press Use

Recently I started making small boxes that required cutting some small parts on my band saw. Some of the parts were small and I didn’t feel comfortable getting my fingers close to a moving blade to finish the cut. I have been injured in the past by a wood cutting blade (table saw) and trust me, it’s a nasty thing to go through. So I figured I needed some way of remotely holding a part while cutting safely and came up with a flat profile vise that works perfectly for cutting small parts on the band saw. In addition to using it with the band saw, it can be used for holding parts on my drill press table for more accurate drilling. Most likely I will find other ways to use this vise. Below are some pics showing it’s construction.

The vise is simple enough to construct, consisting mainly of 4 blocks of 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ maple trimmed and drilled to size. The handle is a 5/8″ hardwood dowel which is shy of the rest of the 3/4″ stock material. My goal was to have a vise that would lie flat on the work table, holding a small part and be able to easily and safely guide it through the bandsaw blade.

Bench-Top-Tool-Table-Band Saw Vise-1

Eventually I made two of the vises with the picture above being the first one. You will notice in that pic that the threaded shaft is off center of the block that engages the hold on a part. I designed it that way figuring that it would apply more pressure towards the top of the block. Come to find out that while advancing or retracting the block it had a tendency to rack so I would have to push the block back or forward a bit. Not a big deal but annoying. Building the second one I centered the threaded rod and guide bars, which worked much better.

Here is the vise shown on the band saw in position for cutting a small part. Even if the part is taller than the vise, the leather strips glued and trimmed to the vise blocks holds the part firmly and I can guide the part through the blade effortlessly.

Bench-Top-Tool-Table-Band Saw Vise-3

Here is what is looks like on my drill press. It’s not dead on accurate like a sliding cross vise but for some woodworking operations it works great, especially for small parts. An optional rear block with a 45 degree cut into it to hold odd shapes would be an option.

Bench-Top-Tool-Table-Band Saw Vise-4

 

I have found this vise a valuable addition to the shop. I would appreciate it if anyone would like a detailed dimensional plan to build one of these to let me know in a comment.

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “A Handy Bench Top Low Profile Vise For Band Saw Or Drill Press Use

  1. mark mullins

    Found your site digging around for jigs and stuff. I have always been “handy” around the house, but recently took up woodworking a little more seriously to enhance my home skillset. I really like this little vise. I have been making simpler things like this before taking on more important items. would you mind sending me the plans for this vise? Thanks, great site by the way.

    Mark

  2. Jeff

    I’d appreciate the detailed plans for this vise. Looks handy!

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  3. Paul

    I’d appreciate the detailed plans for this vise. It looks a productive for all my hobbies.

    Thanks

    • Robert Tutsky

      Paul,I had planned (no pun intended) on making up a dimensional drawing on this when I get a chance.

  4. Link

    Love the vise. Please send along specs. Many thanks. Link

  5. Ben A. Trujillo

    I too would appreciate the detailed plans for this vise. Thank you!

  6. Mosi Anvari

    Love the vise.
    Please send me the detail drawings.
    Thanks

  7. Hi Robert. Thank you for sharing! I would like the detailed plans, also.

  8. james

    Detailed plans please

  9. John

    I’d appreciate the detailed plans for this vise. I can use it around my shop.

    Thank you!

    • Robert Tutsky

      Thanks John for your interest in the vise. I will take care of it for you.

  10. Greg

    Very nice shop aid! I would appreciate a copy of the detailed plans for this vise. Thank you!

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Greg. Thank you for the comment. The vise has become a popular project. To get detailed free plans and building info for the vise all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. It’s in the side bar at the top right of the website.

  11. mark

    been looking for a long time for something like this, i bekieve this’ll do the trick.
    i’d be grateful if you might send the drawing for building this vise.

    thanks a million!!

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Mark. I sent plans for the vice off to you. Thanks for your interest!

  12. Justin Gasal

    Looks like a handy tool. Please send me the plans.

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Justin. Thanks for your interest in the tool. I do plan on posting plans for it soon. Stay tuned

  13. Mike Gray

    I’d appreciate the plans please.

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Mike. Thanks for your interest in the tool. I do plan on posting plans for it soon. Stay tuned

  14. Russell

    From the comments, it looks like you’ve hit the spot with your handy vise. I too, would appreciate access to the plans. Well done and many thanks..

    • Robert Tutsky

      Russell, thanks for the comment. I will see what I can do to make the plan available.

  15. Tim Nash

    Thanks for the design and willingness to share it. I too would like a copy of the plans to construct one.

    Tim

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Tim. Thank you for your interest in plans to build one. I am offering plans for the vise for $1.99. The plans can be found on the right sidebar on this blog. Again, Thanks!

  16. Paul Grivas

    I would love a set of detailed specs

    • Robert Tutsky

      Hi Paul.
      Thank you for your interest in plans to build one. I am offering plans for the vise for $1.99. The plans can be found on the right sidebar on this blog. Thanks!

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