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    Wooden handles for antique vise?

    Hi everybody, I have an antique bench with wooden vises, and one of the handles is gone. It looks like the handle I have on the bench was made by turning the handle with a larger diameter "stop" on one end, and a tenon on the other, then another "stop" was placed on this tenon.

    Does this sound right? It seems like I read about a way to put the whole handle into the vise, ends and all, but I can't remember how.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    South Coastal Massachusetts
    I'm pretty sure you'll have to glue one end on, after assembly.

    Otherwise, the knob will just fit through the screw fixture.

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    Dec 2010
    Burlington, Vermont
    I really like the handle that came with the wooden screw kit I bought from Lake Erie - the handle has screw threads on it, and the end caps screw on.
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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
    It seems like I read about a way to put the whole handle into the vise, ends and all, but I can't remember how.
    It would be possible with the same method used to put an arrow through a hole that is too small for the arrow head to pass through.

    The end that is a bit bigger than the hole is boiled and then carefully compressed. It will then go through the hole. The end is then put back into the hot water where it expands back to being close to what it looked like when the process was started.

    It is a lot easier to just put tenons on both ends of a dowel and then gluing on the knobs.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Philly 'burbs
    I think, especially with old wooden vises/screws, it would be hard to compress/decompress the handle in situ. I did the tenon-on-either-end thing, and turned the caps from curly claro walnut. A good excuse to use some nice little scraps.

    Last edited by Scott M Perry; 12-28-2012 at 4:31 PM.

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    Aug 2003
    extreme southeast Nebraska
    I just use a dowel of the proper size and get a couple of round wooden balls and set them up in a vise on my drill press and bore in about 1/2" or so with a forstner bit, then finish drilling the rest of the way thru with a small bit so I can countersink the top of the ball and attach the balls to the dowel handle with a couple of flat head wood screws.
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