Drill Press Vise

(14 customer reviews)


Build your own drill press vise! Excellent for small wooden parts!

Includes Imperial (U.S.) Version AND Metric Version!

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These instructions are a complete step by step guide that will show you how to build a drill press vise with a removable sacrificial base.

This project is designed to be an EASY build. You can probably get most of it done in a couple of sessions. The most time consuming part will be waiting for epoxy and polyurethane to dry!

About the plans:

  • Formatted for normal sized (8.5″ x 11″) printer paper, so you can print them at home.
  • They include:
    • Imperial AND metric version!
    • A complete shopping list for the materials you need.
    • A complete list of parts you need to cut with all the dimensions necessary (with images).
    • Step by step instructions that accompany and compliment the build video.

About the Vise:

  • Dimensions: 6.75″ long x 5″ wide x 2″ tall, plus another couple inches in length for the handle.
  • Made from wood, so it won’t damage any small wooden parts you need to clamp up for drilling.
  • Sacrificial insert can be replaced by removing dowel pins.

Tools required (or at least strongly suggested) to build this project:

  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw (Recommended, but not necessary if you have a table saw sled or another way to make good cross cuts)
  • 23 Gauge Pin Nailer (Recommended, but not strictly necessary)
  • Drill
  • Drill Press (Recommended, but you could get by with a regular drill)
    • 5/64″ or 1/16″ bit
    • 7/8″ Spade or Forstner Bit
    • 1/8″
    • 1/4″
    • 5/16″ Bit
    • 5/16-18 Thread Tapping Bit
  • Sander/Sandpaper


Because this is a digital product, no refunds are allowed.

14 reviews for Drill Press Vise

  1. D. King

    Very simple, useful and easy project to make. Print the template, spray some adhesive on a piece of wood, (I used an adhesive that allows the paper to be peeled off after cutting), lay the paper template on the wood, cut around the lines and peel off the remaining paper template. That’s it!
    Optional: I had a rouund over router bit handy so used it for the outside top and side edges as well as the inside handle grip area rather than using a sander and file.

    • Tommy Rich

      Thanks for the review…FYI, I think this was meant for the push stick template. Either way, thanks for the review!

  2. Kevin D Stephens

    I like these very much, I actually made 4 of them. They are easy to make a function very well.

    • Tommy Rich

      Kevin, thanks for writing your review!

  3. Gary Long

    I love the free plans on your site. Simple and easy to make. Looking forward for more ideas from your channel. Thanks.

    • Tommy Rich


  4. Steve H

    Another great and easy project. The push stick was perfect and with the non slip surface makes it perfect for a wide range of materials. Your accompanying video was great as to the best way of making it. The end result looks very professional and far better than many you can purchase. Thanks again Tommy for all your work.

    • Tommy Rich

      Thank you, Steve! I believe this was intended for the push stick instead of the Drill Press Vise, but I appreciate the kind words nonetheless!

  5. craigneave (verified owner)

    Easy to follow instruction, having a video to watch is also handy and helpful

  6. Gary Stewart (verified owner)

    I made this for my more delicate items. I have a steel drill press vise. But it has more I’d a crushing grip than this wood one. I have used it a dozen times so far. It has worked perfectly each time. Delicate clamping with firm hold.

  7. Derek Forrester (verified owner)

    Many thanks for your plans & video it’s the first wood working item I’ve made in years really enjoyed it. The plans were very good.
    Many thanks

  8. Michael (verified owner)

    Great vise! Fun to make and excellent plans and video. I ended up making two of them. I ended up using a bigger base so I could clamp it down and a 5/16 threaded insert where the bolt threads through the wood…also decided to drill a hole through the nut and bolt and use a cotter pin to keep it from turning also used oak for the two pieces that clamp together …. (just cause I had it laying around) …They came out great!
    Keep up the good work and great plans! Looking to do more from your site. 👍🏼

  9. Jim Harris (verified owner)

    Dear Tommy, I just finished making the Drill press vice from the plans . WOW, finally someone who can draw Proper measurements. I made the first day. I just made another one only an inch bigger. Your plans are really well done and easy to copy. My wife wants me to build the Micro workshop you designed, we are getting today. Keep up the Really Great work. Jim H.

    • Tommy Rich

      Jim, thanks to both you and your wife! I’m glad you enjoyed the project, and I hope you enjoy the MicroShop as well!

  10. Jaron

    I made two wallets. The plans were very detailed and easy to read. Pairing the plans with the YouTube video made this a fun and easy project to make.

    • Tommy Rich

      Jaron, thanks for the awesome review!

  11. Ian Mackintosh (verified owner)

    Hi Tommy – I am 90% complete with my build of your micro shop and I decided to test the table saw and drill press by making the drill press vice. Your plans were clear, simple and accurate and the process was easy to follow. The vice came out great and will be very useful addition for the drill press on the micro shop. Changes I made included building the “drive” from 8mm threaded rod (instead of a carriage bolt) and I used a T nut in the block supporting the rod. The knob was epoxied onto the rod.
    One of your reviewers mentioned making the base a little bigger to allow for clamping and I think the next time I build this vice I will do the same. I will certainly remain “tuned into” your channel to get ideas for more great projects.

    Ian Mac

    • Tommy Rich

      Ian, thanks for trying about both project, and for taking the time to write a review! I’m glad to hear that the MicroShop is performing well enough to build other projects 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you build next!

  12. John McCarter (verified owner)

    This vice was just what my workshop was looking for! Problem was that I don’t listen to my workshop. When I found this product and bought it, I kinda wondered what I had been doing all these years. Tommy, this vice is brilliant, along with all your other products. You have rejuvenated my workshop! Thank you.

    • Tommy Rich

      John, thanks for the awesome review! I’m glad you’re enjoying the vise!

  13. Chris Crilly (verified owner)

    Tommy, I built the vise and am using it every day. I was surprised by the strength of the wood threads. They can exert more pressure than I would have imagined. Thanks for figuring this project out for all of us.

    • Tommy Rich

      Thank you for the review – I’m glad you’re enjoying the vise!

  14. ever zavala

    Esto es genial me encanta

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