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portable vise, bellows [Apr. 15th, 2004|10:20 pm]
Doug Ayen
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Having mostly recovered from whatever was making me sick as a dog earlier in the week, I spent some time tooling up in the workshop today.

I have a leg vise I've been meaning to mount up for a while, and I decided, since there's a demo coming up RSN, to make it into a portable vise setup. To do this, I first made two legs out of angle iron -- in this case, from a bedframe I retired to the scrap pile awhile ago. These were rather stubby, about a foot long, but the important part is that they had the cut-outs already in place that matched up with the sliding rivets on another piece. Two 1/2" holes drilled, a bit of cutting and forging to get the angle set, and a quick cut-out and forge where they overlapped and I had the top part of my legs done. I bolted these stubs to the vise mounting bracket so the overlapped in a big, off-center X.

What good is a vise with one very long leg and two short legs? Not a whole lot. But, since I had these other two pieces of bed frame with the appropriate sliding rivets in place, all I had to do was knock off the extraneous roller bits, fit them to the stubs, and it all locked in place, a three-legged vise.

This should be stable enough for general use, and because of the removable legs, it's highly portable.

in addition, in an attempt to have a somewhat-period air source, I'm going to try to make a bellows. Plywood leaves, fireproof vinyl for the flexable bits, it'll be fairly simple and primitive. Two chambers, valved so that it can't backsuck, and with a lashed stick frame, it should be both lightweight and fairly portable. We'll see, I did the measurements and marked out the stock today, picked up the vinyl, then decided my back had had enough for one day.

In other news, I'm an uncle. My brother had his first child, Veronica Ayen.


[User Picture]From: hammercock
2004-04-16 03:45 am (UTC)
Congrats on new unclehood!
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[User Picture]From: nosebeepbear
2004-04-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new niece :)
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