Huge pipe clamp workbench vise

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Project by JSB posted 09-10-2015 11:57 AM 4040 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second variation of an inexpensive wide bench vise alternative. I built it a couple months ago so I’ve got some use on it to form an opinion. It uses 1/2” pipe clamps with plenty enough clamping power for every situation I’ve thrown at it. Mileage may vary with 3/4” pipe clamps. I made it for the end of my modified Paulk table. The versatility of the vise has been incredible. I used scrap plywood and clamps I already had in the shop so my cost could be considered nothing.

Adjusting the rear pipe jaws is incredibly easy but due to over 2” of travel in the clamp heads adjusting the pipe is only necessary for material thicker than 2”. The pipes are 24” on center giving about 23” of room between the clamps. The jaw is extended 9” to one side to clamp irregular shaped items as needed, which has been beneficial on a few occasions.

For those who are interested I have more info, a build video, and free diagrams here:

I also got a ton of questions about it so I did a follow up video answering them here:

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-10-2015 12:09 PM

You are a man of production Jay.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 01:43 PM

Another very well done video Jay. Practical information with just the right amount/kind of entertainment.

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#3 posted 09-15-2015 01:30 AM

I watched the video a while ago, and my gears are turning. One of these is in my near future. I wonder about working out some kinda mechanism for releasing the rear without reaching up n under the bench.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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