Being the frugal guy I am, I whipped up a gun vise for myself from scrap lumber and a cheap chinese wood vise.
I got the idea from a farmer’s website, which I can’t find again for the life of me. I added a few things to make it snazzier for me. The clamp is a common woodworkers clamp. I bought mine at Harbor Freight before I swore off all dealings with their crap. I added a shelf to support the free end of the clamp, and a block of wood to stop it from wriggling around. The near side of the clam is screwed to the base, and the other side floats.
The jaws are padded with some 3/8″ thick foam padding I had stashed, with some of the fabric from my weight bench project stapled over it. I also added a piece of scrap wood wrapped in padding to prevent the butt of the stock from hitting the exposed threads of the wood clamp. I also cut a dado to hold the vertical support for added strength. More detailed plans follow:
Took me about an hour to make it, and 30 minutes to jot down the measurements to draw it up in Sketchup. I use Sketchup all the time, it’s an excellent CAD program that costs nothing. The materials cost me only a couple bucks, as I had the crappy clamp already, and I just raided the scrap bin for the wood. It’s held together with drywall screws. Be sure to pre-drill through the clamp, as it’s made from some tough wood that likes to split. If you went to some big box store, I figure the project would cost between $20 and $25. I know there are plastic ones for sale for about that, but this is going to last longer than plastic, and can be customized to your specifications.
More projects on the way, and I’ll post my solution to the homework assignment tomorrow. If you want the full plans, drop me a line and I’ll e-mail them to ya.