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Lee Valley sent me their new Inset Vice to test out, and I am reviewing it for you here.
This is a small, well made vice that is designed to be "let-in" or inset into your bench top to clamp against bench dogs.
Since I already have a tail vice on my workbench, I wanted to mount this vice on a portable system for working around my home or on the jobsite.
The vice is conveniently sized so that it can be inset into the wide face of a 2x4. Since my sawhorses are designed to hold 2x4s on edge, I cut a quick mount for the vice.
I simply plowed out a stepped groove in a piece of 2x4, then notched that mount onto the end of a 6 foot section on edge.
The vice was attached flush with the mount, and dog holes were drilled every 8" along the 6 foot 2x4. (the vice has an 9" throw, so 8" spacing allows for full reach.)
I now have a very handy little vice that allows me to easily clamp parts when working away from my bench.
Roarockit Thin Air Press
Vacuum Veneering for the home shop
I have been using vacuum for veneering and glue1ups for a long time in professional shops.
I wanted one for my own shop, but simply do not use one often enough to justify the expense, until now.
The Roarockit Thin Air Press uses a hand pump instead of and electric or air powered pump to create the vacuum pressure.
Does a hand pump have what it takes to provide adequate vacuum? Does the bag seal well enough to keep you from having to pump endlessly?
I was very pleasantly surprised at how well this system works.