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Floyd Hall

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12-20-2017 11:49 PM

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Hi all,

I’m in the process of putting together two work tables. The first one is almost done. It’s a small trestle-leg table about 18i-by-5ft. It’s intended to be light enough to move around so I can use it as an outfit table as needed. It’s fairly heavy now—the base of the table top is 1 1/4 MDF with a hickory frame and poplar legs—so I don’t want to put any more weight on it.

The second table will be much bigger and heavier—the same construction but roughly 4ft-by-5ft. I’ve decided not to put it up on casters because my floor is uneven and I think it’s better to fine a flat spot or shim it out if I have to and make it stationary. It will be very heavy. The pieces are almost all cut. I just have a couple last minute decisions to make.

I’ve decided the big table will have at least one vise. I’m consider a long tail vice along the 4ft side using two of these “end vice slides” and a line of bench dog holes, maybe two if I can figure out how to line them up properly:

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-small-end-vise-slide?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImIy99_uX2AIVWBuBCh3rQAilEAkYAiABEgI2RfD_BwE

Does this seem like a good idea? Or does someone have a better one?

Floyd


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Planeman40

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 04:26 PM

I don’t understand your proposed use for TWO end vises. One should be sufficient with dog holes down the length of the bench. I have a bench set up this way. You do find yourself doing most of your work at the vise end of the bench, so positioning the vise on the bench needs to be considered as to how your bench will sit in the shop and where you want to stand. The only use for two end vises would be to be able to work at either end of the bench. And the vise unit you show in your post is a good one. Al good vises and vise hardware are expensive. Just pay the price and get over it. You will be using that bench and vise for a lifetime.

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 06:35 PM

Doesn’t make sense to me. What is the reasoning?

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 07:57 PM

Lee Valley sells a twin-screw that might do what you have in mind or, there is a chain drive vise I have seen.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 08:27 PM

I just built a 5’X5’ bench and wanted to use an end vise too. But in the end, I did not like how it was going to work with my bench design.
Decided to you this Lee Valley vise.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=49980&cat=1,41659
I bought the large one worked out really well.

I still need to finish up a few things, like adding the dog holes.

-- John

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 09:41 PM

I just built a 5’X5’ bench and wanted to use an end vise too. But in the end, I did not like how it was going to work with my bench design.
Decided to you this Lee Valley vise.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=49980&cat=1,41659
I bought the large one worked out really well.

I still need to finish up a few things, like adding the dog holes.

-- John

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Floyd Hall

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 06:23 AM

I guess what I want is a fairly long vice that I can clamp longer boards in to rout on the edges (using jigs) or lay flat and clamp in using the bench dogs for sanding and whatnot.

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 11:03 AM

I use a 24in twin screw vise. Maybe that is what you are thinking of…

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=45114&cat=1,41659


http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45812

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 12-22-2017 02:27 PM

This is my end vise:

I used this hardware.

Coupled with my Widdleracker it’s extremely useful. The only thing I would change if I was doing it all over is I would spend a little extra and go with quick release hardware.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Floyd Hall

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#9 posted 12-22-2017 04:29 PM

Yeah. I was looking at something like that, then I thought, “Maybe something even a little bit wider.” Since there’s nothing on the market that wide, I started thinking about installing two of them because why not? :)

Floyd


I use a 24in twin screw vise. Maybe that is what you are thinking of…

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=45114&cat=1,41659


http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45812

- HorizontalMike

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 12-22-2017 04:58 PM

I was looking at the same twin screw veritas vise Mike has. The key to his bench holding longer boards are all the dog holes in the side. No real need for the second, or longer vise. Thinking about it, the second vise may get it the way.
Maybe horizontalmike can post some examples of how he uses the dog holes to clamp a variety of boards and panels.
That’s system works well.
Also, I have no idea why my 1st post is doubled, and more the one photo of my bench.

-- John

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#11 posted 12-22-2017 10:27 PM



I guess what I want is a fairly long vice that I can clamp longer boards in to rout on the edges (using jigs) or lay flat and clamp in using the bench dogs for sanding and whatnot.

- Floyd Hall

I think you are overestimating the amount of force needed to clamp a board. One vise is plenty for that.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Floyd Hall

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#12 posted 12-23-2017 12:30 AM

You’re probably right. I got a smaller woodworkers vise I was going to put on the end of my chopsaw table. My big table will look at lot like John’s above, except with a shelf underneath. But I’ve decided I do need a vise of some kind with bench dogs. Just a matter of which kind.

I guess what I want is a fairly long vice that I can clamp longer boards in to rout on the edges (using jigs) or lay flat and clamp in using the bench dogs for sanding and whatnot.

- Floyd Hall

I think you are overestimating the amount of force needed to clamp a board. One vise is plenty for that.

- Rick_M

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Smirak

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#13 posted 12-23-2017 05:54 AM

A little on topic, but a different question…

I’m putting together a 22×60” workbench and am only putting one vise on it for the time being. Would you go end vise with a row of dog holes running the length of the 60”? Or, would you go side vise?

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Floyd Hall

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#14 posted 12-23-2017 06:04 AM

Good question.


A little on topic, but a different question…

I’m putting together a 22×60” workbench and am only putting one vise on it for the time being. Would you go end vise with a row of dog holes running the length of the 60”? Or, would you go side vise?

- Smirak


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Woodknack

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#15 posted 12-23-2017 07:23 AM



A little on topic, but a different question…

I’m putting together a 22×60” workbench and am only putting one vise on it for the time being. Would you go end vise with a row of dog holes running the length of the 60”? Or, would you go side vise?

- Smirak

I would put a quick release bench vise on the front left and use a bench stop and holdfast.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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