Machinist Vise for Woodworking Workbench

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Project by tyvekboy posted 618 days ago 5417 views 26 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 618 days ago

Looks great! Very solid looking and love the hook on the front. I may add one of those to mine! Excellent work.

-- Steve

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 618 days ago

That will keep your bench clean

Very practical

I have a magnetic tray next to mine, collects

the metal shavings


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 618 days ago

Pretty neat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Always thinking….I like that…................................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 618 days ago


Mine’s on a “tee” base that drops into my twin screw jaws.

I’ve done the same with my pocket screw jig and several bench top tools.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#5 posted 618 days ago


I never thought of setting up my KREG Pocket Screw Jig up like this. Thanks for the idea. I think I’ll do that too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#6 posted 617 days ago

Ditto Barry, bench grinder’s set the same way on my laminate/Arbourite covered bench,

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 617 days ago

All around great idea!
Personally, I am hard on tables so don’t make them purty but, that’s just me.(;) But, the idea of being able to locate your vise specifically where and as needed, and to have it out of the way when not is great idea. Too many times my vise was just not in the ‘right’ place or was sorely in the way. Good idea too, to set it up so it uses the existing holes in your table. (Mine may be beat up but I don’t like drilling holes in it either.)

I will be building a new table for my shop in the near future and well may incorporate this idea of yours into it.
Thanks for sharing this one!

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#8 posted 617 days ago

Great alternative to a permanent mount. Way to think outside the box.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 585 days ago

Wow! I like this idea! Will have to bookmark this one. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 549 days ago

Happy Memories: I have this same type of vise in a box in my shop. It will be mounted somewhere prominent in my shop and I will use it often. It was my father’s and I swear he lived in front of that thing. It’s one of the few things of his that I have, and it is my most cherished. There wasn’t a problem he couldn’t solve or a thing he couldn’t fix. If he didn’t have a tool, he invented one, and if he didn’t have a part he needed he could make one.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#11 posted 434 days ago

I’m always using diffferent vises and sometime multiples of them

I do the same as you…fabricate mounting plates that let me put any vise anywhere.

Trubble is hangin them all up and out of the way.


Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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