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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 02-28-2011 09:25 PM 2561 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2011 09:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: twin screw vise bench 21st century workbench end vise question


I am just finishing up my work bench, a 21st century workbench inspired by Bob Lang, and I need to know what vise I should use. I am on a budget, but do not want to get cheep crappy brands that will break. I have been looking at the VERITAS Twin screw vise as the plans call for, but am flabbergasted at the price. If it is good I understand but just never seen one in real life installed. I also need a 7” to 10” End vise with quick release. Any information that you can provide with your experience, good or bad, would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-28-2011 09:45 PM

I recently installed one of the 10” Jorgensen quick release vises as an end vise. You can see it here on my tablesaw/workbench project.

This certainly wasn’t the cheapest vise out there, but I had not issues with shipping or installation. It seems quite sturdy, but then again I’m no workbench or vise expert so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I definitely see that this style of vise will most certainly have some racking issues, even the good ones. I’m not sure if the extra $100 and additional install time on the twin-screw vise would eliminate that issue. I simply get around the racking by using a dummy block of the same thickness when clamping. Works just fine.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 10:25 PM

I’m looking at getting two screws, gears and a bicycle chain and fabricating my own twin screw. I too think the Veritas vise is a little expensive. I found a Wilton 7” on ebay from a school auction, $22.00. Works great.

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 10:48 PM

Like SWM, I’ve got the Jorgensen quick with two slabs of thicknessed maple as jaws. I welded a steel reinforcing plate between it & my bench. I’ve got no racking issues & have never had any problem with it. That being said, the Veritas is very nice. I especially like their new wagon vise. On rare occasion, I’ll see a patternmakers vise on craigslist but they’re usually snapped up. Good luck!

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 12:18 AM

I’ve been thinking about this also.

It seems like you want a vise with jaws for some things, and then you need something to push a workpiece against a dog (or 2 or 3). While a twin screw has a really wide jaw, which is nice, it’s not clear to me that the 21st century workbench notion of the crook with the pipe clamps holding up the other end of the work isn’t just fine.

The new inset vise or the wonder dog from Veritas will do the job for dog-clamping.

So, I’m thinkin the crook and support on the front, a small vice with jaws on the end and a wonder dog or inset vise. Nothing expensive.

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