|Project by Gator||posted 02-03-2013 11:09 PM||2316 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I finally broke down and stopped at Lee Valley and bought a decent vice for my bench. I used a piece of 6/4 maple I had for the front jaw, and screwed a piece of 2×10 along the apron to make a nice flush fit. When I originally built this bench I was drag racing, so it was built heavy duty to with stand some serious weight and abuse. It was covered with a piece of sheet metal to protect it, so when I switched “hobbies” I just removed the sheet metal but it made it a challenge to install a good vice. As an added feature, I drilled 2 sets of 3 holes in the top of the bench for a home made “bench brace” – 3 pieces of 1/2” dowel glued into a piece of 7/16” thick walnut so I could clamp a 1/2” board and still have clearance for a hand plane if I run off the end. 3 holes in the maple vice jaw recieve a pair of bench “pups” so it actually gives me a jaw width of 30”. I just keep the long braces on the wall until I need them. I saw this idea on here from another LJ (can’t remember who, but Thanks!) Anyway, I used it today to hold my Kreg jig – worked great.
Have fun all !!
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