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Forum topic by Cliff De Witt posted 03-16-2011 05:51 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Cliff De Witt

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03-16-2011 05:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question clamp carving

I have a quick question and not sure where to find the answer.

I got my wife a Woodworkers Bench vice for her carving. I have never used, and definitely never installed, one of these.

The workbench is a workhorse that I built about 35 years ago in my first garage. It is, as most are, I guess, built from a 2×4 stud frame covered with ¾” plywood and a ¼” hardboard (use to call it Masonite tm) .

I clamped the vice in place where I think she will want it, but the top of the vice is 1 7/8” below the workbench top.

My question is this:

Should the top of the vice be equal to the bench top? I am pretty sure it should but I am not sure how to do this do I:
1.) Notch the 2×4 from the bottom?
2.) Rout out the back of the rear cushion to accommodate the mounted jaw, and make both Jaws 1 7/8” taller than the vice?
3.) A combination of both?
4.) Recess the back of the vice into the bench facing, while at the same time notching the bottom to bring it to height?
5.) Another option I have not thought of?

I am thinking of mounting the Jaw equal to the top of the Plywood and routing out the back of the cushion to extend and match the hardboard.

I have a bunch of Oak scraps that I was going to make the jaw cushions with, is that okay or should they be soft wood?

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 06:06 PM

I suppose you are referring to the jaw faces when you say cushions, and I used Maple for mine because I had some left over from another project. I was originally planning to use Poplar so as to not have the faces so hard that they would marr my work. After using it for about 6 months, I don’t really think it matters.

I embeded my vise in the bench top so the top of the jaw faces are flush to the bench top and also flush to the edge of the bench top. I have dog holes in the moving jaw and dog holes in the bench top so I can clamp large pieces flat on the bench top.

There are a couple of very good books on workbenches by Chris Schwarz, the editor of Popular Woodworking magazine. Recommended reading for anyone planning to build a bench IMHO.

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