Woodworking Bench Vise Placement

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Forum topic by DonJ posted 01-15-2011 09:55 PM 3681 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2011 09:55 PM

I’m not the traditiional hand tool woodworker, so I expect the bench that I want to build (to match my style), will be wholly lacking from a “true” woodworker’s perspective. I’m going to build the JackBench that has been discussed on this foreum. However, instead of the recommended Veritas Twin Screw end vise, I’m going to install a simple little GROZ R9 (Woodcraft Item #148437). My main need for a vise will be to place an item between a bench dog and the vise so that I can put clamping pressure on it to do sanding more easily. Almost all workbenches I’ve seen have the end vise on the end, and a vise like mine on the side. In my application, I want to put the small vise on the end so as to use it with the bench dogs. Any thoughts and/or suggestions on my idea? Thanks

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 10:41 PM

What ever is comfortable for you. I have mine mounted that way for that reason. Just remember that if you need to use it as a vice for working smaller pieces that you can use your hand tools and other tools comfortably. Mine is off to one side for use with hand tools and on the side I’m most comfortable with when using it with a bench dog. Being a lefty this ha worked quite well on the end to one side of the bench.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 10:48 PM

I have a front vise mounted at the end of my workbench. I think it is a great idea.

Note that the Veritas twin screw vice does not have a quick release feature. My vice does. I think that is an important feature.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 03:19 AM

If it is just for use with a bench dog for flat clamping on the top of the bench, why not use a simple pipe clamp. You just drill a hole in the end of the bench for eather a i/2 or 3/4 inch pipe. Slide the end off your pipe clamp. slide the pipe through the hole and put the end back on under the bench. Adjust the clamp as long or short as you like. It is easy to remove and get out of your way when you don’t nead it. I am very cheep. So is this idea.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 12:52 PM

I too am about to build a bench, the majority of my work is with machines but I still like the thought of having a vise for the occasions I use hand tools and of course clamping that odd piece of work one needs three hands for.

I currently have a quick release Record No7 (English) vise in my bench but as I have another similar gathering dust I am thinking about having one on the left side for traditional use and the other mounted on the end for the same reason you have identified.

I don’t think it can do any harm to have them mounted it’s just a case of if you can be bothered to fit them, though that shouldn’t be too much trouble if you are starting from scratch with the top off for easy fitting anyway.


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#5 posted 01-17-2011 02:50 PM

I’ve just gone through the same dilemma/thought process, asked the question here

I ended up going the “traditional” route, inset mounted, left end face as I was swayed by the “long boards flush with the edge of the bench” argument. Not that long boards are a big part of what I’m doing but it did make sense and I also have the between vise and dog hole situation covered going across the bench on the left end (if that makes sense)



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#6 posted 01-17-2011 03:55 PM

Makes sense to me Tony, It’s bit of a bind fitting a vise to an existing bench, but Like I said if you are starting from scratch, it should be a fairly simple operation. I couldn’t imagine one would think, I wish I hadn’t fitted that vise.

Sorry to hijack your thread Don.

Just my opinion folks.


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