Workshop Twin Screw Bench Vise

While doing some shop improvements, I got the idea to create my own DIY vise to use for projects and so forth. After much deliberation and research, and my wish to keep the project budget low, I decided on mostly wood materials with store bought hardware. I purchased a length of 3/4″ threaded rod, some threaded coupler nuts, washers, a 23/32″ tap, a 3/4″ drill bit, and some lengths of steel rod. I milled the necessary parts down, and used the new Lathe (see this post) to make the lead screw “heads” that would take the threaded rod and the handles. I also had to turn the handle ends. I figured while I was on it, I might as well be creative so I carved the Bushwood logo onto the front of the vise.

I’m pleased with the results. I finished it with 2 coats of Tung Oil and 2 coats of Johnson’s Paste Wax.


Workshop complete with an Attached House

Huzzah! The Bushwood shop is moving to a new home! My wife and I recently closed on a workshop with an attached house (at least that’s the way I see it). Here’s a preview of the new shop, which will be completely dedicated to my favorite hobby. This was as it was purchased, so everything you see in the picture was already there. There’s electrical circuits surrounding the walls, a 220 circuit for a larger tool (table saw), and plenty of overhead lighting. It has good access from front or side, in addition to a vent fan. It will eventually get a window for natural light and cooling/heating as well.

More coming soon when I get my tools in and organized, but for now: