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I recently acquired a fisher #4 vise(6-1/4" jaws, 120lbs) and built a new home for it. I used 3/4" thick plate for the top and bottom, 12x12 & 12x18, the legs are 3x4x1/4" tube filled with sand, all that comes to about 230lbs and right about 350lbs with the vise.

 

 

Cutting the legs on the Grizz.

 

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"Milling"

 

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1/2" Holes

 

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Marking holes for the top plate.

 

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This is my first big welding project(big for me anyway) my little mig is a little under powered so I did 3 passes, seemed to hold up well and I didn't think my welds were too terrible. "Mind the puddle not the spark" is what I had to keep telling myself. I would have used the stick welder but I have to get a new cord for it.

 

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Just over 50lbs of sand.

 

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The paint is a walnut color, it was still a bit wet and in the sunlight its more brown but in the shop its a nice dark brown not quite black, goes well with the old tools.

 

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The leg had a crappy plate welded to it already so I made a better one. Though I was too much of a noob to remember when I drilled all the holes, these were supposed to line up with threaded holes in the base but I accidently drilled them 1/2" instead of 27/64". These pins hold it really well since there was a lot of down force on the leg anyway after bolting the vise to the top plate.

 

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HEAVY and ready to anchor to the floor! There are 3 holes to use for anchoring, 2 in front and 1 you cant see that is in between the 2 back legs.  I wanted a stand that would protect the screws as well, this seems to work.

 

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Dan,

 

HEAVY DUTY.... nice job.  

 

Can you move it easy or are you going to mount it somewhere? 

 

Peter   

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Wow, gorgeous stand!

 

.....but it would look better if it were in my shop.  :)

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Thanks, it scoots around easy on the smooth floor but I wont need to move it really and I dont want it to move when I'm working so it will get anchored to the concrete.

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Those are great vises, I have 2 and love them!  Nice stand and enjoy the tool!

 

Grant Sarver (RIP) once posted that the legs on these are threaded into the casting and can be unscrewed for replacement.  Never tried it on mine but if Grant said it it probably works.  

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Really nice.  I've wanted one of those vises for awhile; the parallel jaws are sure to be really nice to work with.

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Looks like you did a great job AND had your mind working hard about what you wanted and how you would get there. I love quality tools that are shown well and are functional. That setup will probably last at least a couple hundred years and spark a little joy every time anyone looks at and/or uses it. Primo for sure. Thanks for sharing this!

Dave

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THAT"S AMAZING !!  :o what doesn't amaze me is that all the manufacture's with there fancy pants engineers...prolly couldn't do any better than a smith with a dream !! 

super nice job and an inspiration for what i'd like mine to look/work like  

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