Workbench upgrade

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 05-10-2017 01:00 AM 1278 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was saving this vise for a bench build but that keeps getting pushed out so I finally figured out a way to mount it to my existing metal frame bench.

Here’s the old set up

I also mounted a T-track for use with a Rockler pusher clamp.

Old vise for comparison

I have power strips on both ends and I keep my hand tools ready to rock on a shelf under the bench. I also added a shelf below my out feed / downdraft table to keep my sanders plugged in and at the ready.

I was going to cut up an old bag made of thick leather to face the vise jaws, but at 20” x 7.5” they were too big. So I investigated the Crubber that Bench Crafted sells, but their big sheet wasn’t big enough either. Then I found the same neoprene rubber impregnated cork at McMaster-Carr available in many thicknesses and sheet sizes. I got a 1/8” x 12” x 36” piece for $21 and faced both the new vise and my existing face vise and have enough left to do the old vise I took off.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 01:37 AM

Nice looking improvements.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 02:36 AM

I have a vise just like that and use it a lot.
The split-nut needed a little adjustment, but it works like a dream now.
Nice job on your install Matt.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 02:51 AM

It looks great! Question: how do you keep the holes on top of the chop from filling up with debris?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 05-10-2017 02:53 AM


-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 05-10-2017 03:02 AM

Looks good Matt. You will like it.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#6 posted 05-10-2017 03:11 AM

Mighty fine upgrade. I’m very impressed with the cork liner, McMaster-Carr is a fine supplier of quality goods.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 05-10-2017 03:15 AM

There is always a way! I use fault board to line my vises attached with 2 sided tape. Went to a local framing place to see if he could order some for me and he gave me a stack of his scraps.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 05-10-2017 04:35 AM

Great bench. Nice use of the t-track and tool well. That’s an example of why I think creating a bench that suits one’s needs instead of following a plan to the letter makes sense.

Edit: I’m more of a double IPA guy though. But it’s still a beautiful bench :)

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#9 posted 05-10-2017 02:36 PM

These additions and modifications worked out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 05-10-2017 02:51 PM

Very nice vise!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 05-10-2017 02:55 PM

That’s an outstanding looking upgrade.

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#12 posted 05-10-2017 05:22 PM

I’m looking for a face vice and wondering which brand this is. I’m thinking Lee Valley large, as Rockler large seems way too expensive, and also can’t justify the Veritas version of the quick release.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#13 posted 05-10-2017 05:43 PM

Well done, Matt! How is the clamping power with the lined jaws?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 05-10-2017 05:58 PM

Doe… I purchased mine from Grizzly few years back.

Don…. so far so good…. lock it down and nothing slips. Definitely need to use a block to prevent racking if you only clamp on one side.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 05-10-2017 06:53 PM

Mighty fine upgrade. I’m very impressed with the cork liner, McMaster-Carr is a fine supplier of quality goods.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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