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    I love my Eli Vise and I LOVE to tinker! I’ve made several different brackets so I can attach the vise to any table top with a couple clamps. Due to a knee that objects to long periods of standing I sit when carving. So I’m constantly repositioning my work. After a couple years I noticed the threads on the base plate of my Eli Vise were deteriorating. I considered a heli-coil but end up going with a 3 3/4” piece of all thread, standard and coupling nuts, two stainless steel washers and a ratcheting wrench.

    The all thread was installed through the base with a little loc-tite far enough that the standard nut can be snugged up to back up the damaged threads. The coupling nut provides about five times as much thread surface and I think actually results in less effort required to secure your work.

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    The reason I decide on the all thread fix was I figure when these threads get worn all I need to do is cut off another piece of all thread and I’m back in business. I do put just a tiny dab of copper anti-seize on the threads.
    Ed
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    Thanks for the info, Ed. I don't use my Eli vise for most of my work, as my carvings are usually too small, but for the larger ones, I love the Eli vise's holding power. I have mine mounted on a piece of 2x6 that I can clamp to my bench with a couple of F-clamps.

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    • #3
      Can you recommend a jaw style vise that I could use with the Eli vise? I will be having surgery and will only have use of one hand for a while. Attaching the wood to a plate doesn’t seem ideal. I usually carve small items. Thanks

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tahdi View Post
        Can you recommend a jaw style vise that I could use with the Eli vise? I will be having surgery and will only have use of one hand for a while. Attaching the wood to a plate doesn’t seem ideal. I usually carve small items. Thanks
        I’m not aware of a vise designed to fit the Eli vise any smaller vise that you could attach to a piece of one by and then screw that to the plate would work. I’m actually currently using a Wilton power arm, and they do have vises for their units and are frequently available used on eBay. I glue a piece of one by pine to my projects and then attach that to the plate. A drill could be used to put the screws in. Just throwing multiple ideas hoping one will help.

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        Ed
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tahdi View Post
          Can you recommend a jaw style vise that I could use with the Eli vise? I will be having surgery and will only have use of one hand for a while. Attaching the wood to a plate doesn’t seem ideal. I usually carve small items. Thanks
          I have no experience with these but wonder if on smaller projects something like this may work ok.


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          Ed
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nebraska View Post
            I love my Eli Vise and I LOVE to tinker! I’ve made several different brackets so I can attach the vise to any table top with a couple clamps. Due to a knee that objects to long periods of standing I sit when carving. So I’m constantly repositioning my work. After a couple years I noticed the threads on the base plate of my Eli Vise were deteriorating. I considered a heli-coil but end up going with a 3 3/4” piece of all thread, standard and coupling nuts, two stainless steel washers and a ratcheting wrench.

            The all thread was installed through the base with a little loc-tite far enough that the standard nut can be snugged up to back up the damaged threads. The coupling nut provides about five times as much thread surface and I think actually results in less effort required to secure your work.

            D55DD3A4-E312-4F71-B1BB-52BE91D5AD40.jpeg0B1AA623-99A0-4721-B910-93AB92E491E8.jpeg
            The reason I decide on the all thread fix was I figure when these threads get worn all I need to do is cut off another piece of all thread and I’m back in business. I do put just a tiny dab of copper anti-seize on the threads.

            Tahdi , I have the one on the left. Picked up at HF Ithink.., It took me a bit to get a hang of adjusting. BUT it works OK for me. The other I have not seen at HF. And my bench is well beaten so the suckon cup probably won't hold. Mine is good because I can move it around easily. Yes and the rubber grips, I put a cloth on you may wish leather, as the rubber sometimes leaves marks.
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