How to Build a Portable Vise

Household DIY Tips
July 13, 2013

The right tool for the job, wherever it is

portable vise

To make working at remote locations easier, Club member John Woodzick of Kenosha, Wisconsin, created this portable vise setup. He used a 48-in.-long scrap of 2-in.-sq. hollow tube, onto which he welded a 12-in.-sq. plate of 1/4-in.-thick steel. After mounting a combination vise onto the steel plate, he had the ideal portable workstation. The hollow tube slides perfectly into his truck’s receiver hitch, and because the tube is 48 in. long, John can still lower the truck’s tailgate without removing the workstation.


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