$35 Tail Vise

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 1383 days ago 4035 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a question about the details on my recent Bench Upgrade post.

The solution is from John White’s New Fangled workbench design.

A couple 3/4” pipe clamps, two laminated boards cut to size are all you need. In picture 5 you can see a side picture of the assembly. The board on the bottom right is bolted to the bench top. Drill the holes to fit, install the clamps, place the face board and you’re done.

This idea can be applied to most benches.

Bob A Nov 7 2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 1383 days ago

How did you handle being able to pull them out at the same to open the vise wider? Thank you.

-- Russ

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#2 posted 1383 days ago

Great idea Bob, I may have to copy it at some point in time.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 1383 days ago

Here’s a guy who did a variation on this, but he rigged a way to pull them out, as Russ suggests. It’s pretty clever. There are lots of popups and other crap, because it’s angelfire.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 1383 days ago


I don’t use the vise that often, mainly when building drawers. When I use it, I reach reach around the back and adjust the back end of the clamp.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 1383 days ago

J, Thanks for the link, yes, he certainly has a better and easier to use rig than mine.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 1383 days ago

Don’t you just love it? One guy gets a great idea and the next adds his twist and so on. Before you know it a fantastic work bench that is very affordable. I wonder if I can add this to my out feed table?

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#7 posted 1383 days ago

excellent! pipe clamps work surprisingly well as vises when fixed to a bench, i’m surprised they’re not used more. I use them for a side vise. The link JJohnston posted is wonderful – the true cadillac of pipe clamp bench vises! there’s another guy that did a similar thing\, but i cant remember the link. I think i have it at work and will post it if i remember.

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#8 posted 1383 days ago

I love it… simple, yet elegant. Thank you for posting this.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#9 posted 1382 days ago

I have been thinking about this for so long. I am stoked to see somebody else trying it before I go wading in.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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