The stand was a little too tall so I made it about 3" shorter. Seems better now. The wood disc will keep stuff I drop from falling inside the wheel. I've already started using it. I mostly use it to hold metal pieces when grinding or cutting. The anvil portion is nice too. I may eventually add a few metal tubes to hold hammers (like the one in the second picture).
The stand is basically done. I'll make a wooden disc to cover the base so stuff I drop doesn't fall into the wheel. The stand looks better with paint.
I drilled 3 holes and then bolted a 50 lb. barbell weight to the bottom of the wheel to make the base heavier. Then I used my TIG welder to finish the stand top. The stand top can slide to help keep items in the vise centered over the base. Whenever I drop something, it tends to land inside the wheel. So, I will make a disc of plywood to cover the top of the wheel. Tomorrow I'll take the stand apart and paint it.
WATCH THE VIDEO AT THE END.
I'll admit it. I have a bad habit. I save stuff I have no use for. Later I find a use for it. That doesn't help me change my ways. "See there!", I tell my wife. She just rolls her eyes. This 50# weight will add stability to the vise stand. It fits neatly beneath the wheel. Instead, I might just cut a square hole in it and slide it over the post. I haven't made up my mind.
I bought an 8" shop vise about 2 years ago. It's big and heavy and I don't really have room for it on my shop table. So, I decided to build a stand for it. This stand is more or less a chance to work on my welding skills. The design is out of my head based on some other stands I've seen. An old junk wheel makes a decent base. Add some square tubing and it's almost done. I used my MIG to weld the base and vertical pieces but I'm not very pleased with the quality of my welds. I experimented with my new TIG when I made the top piece and I'm happier with that.
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