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Here's part one, if you're new to this mini-series:
I ended up building my own shop vise, because why buy what you can just make? In the end, it cost me around $100 in materials to build this, and I pretty much just designed it as I went.
This is a project that could be done with limited tools, in a good, productive weekend. I talk a little about this in the video, but it was simple to build... If you've ever taken a vise apart, congradulations, you can design your own. Pretty much just start putting scrap metal together. There are a few things that you CAN screw up:
1) Back of the "rear jaw" must be as tall as the top of the "slide"
2) Rear and front jaws must line up.
3) If you burn down your garage, you did something wrong.
Other than that, I'd highly recommend this project to someone who wants a nice smaller-scale welding project, that maybe they can practice their skills on. Sorry, no blueprints, but this is something you can throw together fairly easily. I'm really glad people seem to have enjoyed this series, thats cool.
Really, the only thing I think I'd do differently is to use some "ACME" threaded rod, but Im sure this will work great for what I'll be using it for :)
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