|Project by tyvekboy||posted 408 days ago||4174 views||26 times favorited||11 comments|
Oct 30, 2012
After Spending 4 months building my workbench, I just couldn’t bring myself to drilling and attaching a machinist vise. Also, such a permanent installation would interfere with the end vise use so I came up with this work-around.
It consists of 2 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood to serve as the base.
The lower plywood base has over-sized holes drilled in it so that the bolts that attach the vise to the upper plywood base will be recessed and cannot scratch the workbench top.
The sides and back edges of the base are covered with a thin piece of wood to hide the plywood edge.
The front has a 3/4 inch hardwood lip that extends below the base to register to the front of the bench.
The 2nd picture shows a 3/4 inch dowel that projects about 1 inch below the base. This dowel is positioned to engage the 2nd row of bench dog holes and prevent the vise from slipping off the front of the bench top.
For even more security, a holdfast can be used to clamp this setup to the bench as shown in picture 3.
The nice thing about this setup is that the machinist vise can be mounted any where along the front of the workbench.
When not needed, this is stored off the bench top.
Comments appreciated. Questions welcomed.
Thanks for looking.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA