Thoughts on the Lee Valley Pipe Vise?

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Forum topic by torea posted 01-11-2017 06:43 AM 1212 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2017 06:43 AM

Hey all! Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

I’m designing a small tabletop workbench to use in my apartment. Since my space is limited, I want the most bang for my buck. I’ve been considering regular vises for the bench and came across the Lee Valley Pipe Vise –,41659

Does anyone have any experience with this vise? I thought it’d be an interesting addition, as I could mount one base on the front of the bench and one on the tail, and then just move the vise head as needed.


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#1 posted 01-15-2017 02:01 PM

I made a pipe vise out of an extra pipe clamp. It worked quite well.

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 02:15 PM

I built the Apartment Workbench,46158,56642&ap=1
From Lee Valley which uses the vises. I called it the scope creep project. Instead of knobs, I used inset ring pulls. Instead of rabbeted drawers, I hand cut half blind dovetails. These two “minor” changes added many hours to the project, but it turned out well enough to win a blue ribbon and Judges Choice awards at the Colorado State Fair.
The vises work quite well for smaller items. A little spendy, but he quality is what you’d expect from Lee Valley.

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 03:58 PM

Boy! I could really smash my thumb in that vice.
Looks like a good idea.


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#4 posted 01-15-2017 04:24 PM

If you’re on a budget, I made a “bench top bench” with a moxon vice using $10 worth of bar clamps. Works perfect for me. The other option was pair of Shop Fox D2893 Press Clamps

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#5 posted 01-15-2017 10:05 PM

If you go to youtube, you can search for Jay Bates pipe vice. I made one similar for my bench from 1/2” pipe clamps at Harbot Freight, $12 for two. $3 for a piece of pipe, and a couple bucks worth of scrap wood.


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