|Forum topic by dpoisson||posted 12-26-2010 10:07 PM||4636 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-26-2010 10:07 PM
Howdy folks, I was thinking of purchasing a little something to feed my wood working hobby with some of the money I got for X-mas. Having plenty of projects I want to do, but none of the power tools to do them all yet, I was thinking of keeping to the smaller projects for now and investing in a quality vise, which will serve me in basically all future projects.
I currently have a workbench made of 2×4’s and plywood top (2×3/4 ply, plus 1/8 sanded sheet to finish it up). I have a skirt (correct lingo?) that’s just a 2×6 on the front of my bench, screwed in with 6 (2 per leg) nuts. I currently have a canadian tire portable vise 6” (pretty small when you add 2 layers of 3/4” walnut to pad the vise), which is already showing it’s limitations.
So my question is: Which vise should I be looking at? I was looking at the leevalley large front vise (70G08.02) for 75$. Seems like a decent deal. I don’t think I need to get a quick release one, although I’m sure that if I did get one, I would appreciate it, but I just can’t justify spending an extra 50$ on a vise right now. Plus, that 50$ will probably be spent on buying the wood needed for the vise. I was thinking that the large front vise would be good for when I work on long pieces such as when working on gunstocks.
Would there be any advantages / dissadvantages to getting a steel bench vise instead?
Also, I have to say I don’t quite understand what a tail vise would be used for (http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41664&cat=1,41659). Could anyone enlight me?