|Forum topic by Tedstor||posted 03-29-2011 11:37 AM||1228 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
03-29-2011 11:37 AM
So I began designing my new bench today. While I wish I could build something bigger and badder; my severly limited workspace dictates a design that is leaner and meaner. A leg vise is pretty much a given since I already have the necessary hardware and I need the specific capabilities that a leg vise provides. However, I plan to use the benchtop extensively, and need an end vise of some sort to secure boards, jigs, and benchtop machines to the top. All tasks that the leg vise can’t perfrom. My two most practical choices seem to be a wagon vise or a steel vise with integrated (slide-up) dog.
I’m settled on a shaker design base since the storage cabinetry is crucial to my tiny workspace. Of course the cabinetry limits my vise options since the benchtop will only overhang about 2”. The metal vise would be easiest to install and would give me a few more clamping options. However, i would have to increase the size of the benchtop to allow for enough room to install it without chopping into the bearers and cabinetry. An additional 6-8” inches of benchtop isn’t the end of the world, but it does encroach on additional real estate that I’m trying to conserve. I also see it being harder to secure benchtop machines (i.e. router table) with a metal vise.
The wagon vise seems like it would be harder to install. I can’t spring for a pricey benchcrafted rig, so I’d have to fashion one from a veneer press or some other screw. And it might not be quite as versitile as the metal vise. However, I think the wagon vise would perfrom the needed tasks quite well, and could be integrated into a smaller benchtop.
I guess my questions are: