Simple Vice Stand

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Project by ontheworkbench posted 02-11-2016 03:08 AM 924 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired a new vice last fall, and had been trying to figure out where in my shop to permanently place it. I waited a while hoping that the “perfect” location would become obvious. After several months the only “obvious thing” was that it needed its own dedicated stand. I looked at several of the prefabricated metal ones but thought the cost for those was more than I wanted to spend for something so simple that I could make with little effort. and So I decided to build a simple, elegant stand, and I thought I would share it here.

I was trying to keep the materails simple so I went out and bought two 2”x8”x8’ boards and a single 2”x4”x8’ board. I decided after contemplating the ergonomics of various heights that three feet would be the ideal height for me (with the vice above that). It was also a nice round number to work with too. I cut the 2×4 into two 36” lengths and glued/screwed them together (I could have used a 4×4 here but did not want to be left with five extra feet of material, and a single 2×4 is cheaper). Then using this laminated post, I placed the 2×8 boards around it so that the difference in length would essentially be a leg. Then I painted the entire stand black. I found some extra quarter round 3/4”x3/4” stock in my garage so I added that to it too and painted that red as an accent color and then pin nailed that to the stand. Finally I drilled out the bolt holes, and mounted the vice with stainless steel screws and washers to the stand. I easily could have skipped the painting and the trim but it gave me an excuse to use up some extra materials that I already had around the shop. Now the vice and stand sits next to my drill press, but can be moved if needed.

I also put together a build video for the project too. Here it is below.

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 04:07 PM

Nice height, I hope you are able to bolt it to the floor. I do alot of metal work as well and they need to be sturdily mounted

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 06:58 PM

That will fall over in a heartbeat.


-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 04:38 AM

I admit to being a little skeptical about stability, mostly because once you clamp something heavy and off center I believe it will want to be tippy. But for smaller stuff it should be fine. However, I can see this design working for a grinder.


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#4 posted 02-13-2016 04:43 PM

Every man needs a vice and now you have yours! A little play with words.

You could add “out riggers” to the base for stabilty but then you have a tripping hazzard!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 02-13-2016 05:45 PM

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 07:18 PM


-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 11:43 PM

Mike Throckmorton, if you meant your post for me then my vise/vice mistake was deliberate!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-18-2016 04:59 AM

Thanks for the feedback… I’ll have to fix my spelling error, and for those wondering about stability… I agree is something is off center it could be a problem, but for small sheet metal bending, hammering downward on the anvil, it should work. Like everything in my shop it is a work in progress. As the need arises, I’ll adapt it to work.

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