10,000 Hours #8: Bench vice Installation, Finally!!

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Blog entry by LucasWoods posted 03-25-2015 03:42 AM 1275 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I spent about an hour and a half flattening the bottom of my bench where my vice attaches and also removing material so my vice will sit flush with the top.

below is the final product. The vice does not sit flush with the bench though it is about a fat 1/16. Is this going to be a problem? Also, the vice barely is not sitting square with the side of the bench. It is a slim 1/16 gap along the enitire length. The bottom inch or so is sitting flush with the side of the bench. Is this enough to take issue?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 12:00 AM

I don’t know for sure, as I have never attached a vise to a bench top (though I am in the middle of flattening the top and bottom of my laminated workbench top/workbench slab – so far only one pass across the top with hand power planer). But, having said that, I think you would want to make sure everything fits up against the wood square and without gaps. 1/16” seems like a big gap (to me anyway). Do you know why it isn’t square or fitting closer? If it’s merely a matter of more planing or chopping out of the wood, you might want to consider going ahead and taking the time and effort to make the vise fit to a closer tolerance. Please forgive me if I am missing something glaring that you have already explained, and I hope you don’t mind too much comments from and old dude with only a little woodworking experience under the belt. Hopefully some more experienced persons will have some better/experienced advice for you as well.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 03:43 AM

I appreciate any comments because it may make me think of something I didn’t. The bench sitting 1/16th lower than the top is fine. I will be buying some shims to place along the face of my bench where there is a slim gap.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 11:28 PM

I would want a metal vise to be 1/16” below the bench top anyway. I think that’s ideal. Having the gap between the face and the vise is less ideal. I’d pare away the material at the bottom until it’s sitting flush the whole way up.

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 12:45 AM

Thank you and I will be doing just that.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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