Thoughts on a Workbench Vise?

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Forum topic by SWM posted 01-18-2011 04:58 AM 8442 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2011 04:58 AM

Ok, not the biggest decision of my life, but I thought I would you lumberjocks something to debate.

I’m building a workbench style extension table for my PM2000 tablesaw. Similiar to the following pic:

In planning this project I got to wondering which type of vise might prove the most useful. I am just beginning to delve into the wonders of the traditional workbench so I am not familiar with the particular benefits/uses of the various style bench vises.

Right now I think my two finalist are the end vise from Rockler

or bench vise from Woodcraft

As always…..All thoughts or other suggestions would be appreciated.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:02 AM

I would go with tthe rockler. or the lee valley twin screw vise.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 05:16 AM

I’d go with the end vise since this looks like it would be your only vise. It will give you more flexibility.

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 05:40 AM

The twin srew is a real work horse and almost $250.,41659 An awesome tool. When you build a workbench you could move it to the workbench. The rockler end vice is a great tool too. Be sure to plan out your dog holes and have one end where the vice chop is flush with the end. Keep us posted. I want to build a router table into my left extension.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 06:22 AM

I’m now using the Jorgensen 4 X 10 in. vise. I’ve already bought the Rockler vise. I’m designing a new work bench & intend to use both. The Rockler as the end vise & the Jorgensen on the front. I’ve had the Jorgensen for many years. Took it apart, painted, smoothed the top of the faces & installed new wood faces. It’s good as new.

I was interested in the twin screw but decided not to go that way. Chain drive etc. Too much stuff to break. Also I didn’t have the money.

I think of the 2 you are showing I would go with the Rockler.


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#5 posted 01-18-2011 04:01 PM

Thanks for the thoughts gentlemen. I will admit that I hadn’t thought about clamping along side of the work top. That sounds like a good idea if I can figure out how to work around the table saw supports.

It took about two seconds to drool over the Veritas twin screw vise. At $250 it’s $75-$100 more than the other two. Since I’m already spending at least $150, that doesn’t scare me nearly as much as the assembly instructions. Has anyone had experience installing this type of vise mechanism?

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 06:01 PM

Please note that the Veritas. Twin Screw is not a quick release vice. I find quick release to be a valuable feature.

Rockler makes a smaller vice that is intended to be a front vice. I bought one and put it at the end of my workbench. Works great! It does not go the full length of the end, but it is flush with one side.

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

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