Choosing a tail vise for a new workbench

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06-20-2011 06:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench vise hardware

I’m planning out a workbench for my garage shop. I had purchased this 9” Rockler quick release vise for the front vise but I cannot decide on what to use for the tail vise ( I’m fairly new to woodworking having dabbled in it back in the early 90s using borrowed tools and now I’m setting up my garage and want to build a good functional bench. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be making on it though. I’ve thought about another quick release or perhaps one of the new Veritas sliding tail vises,41659

Having not used a “traditional” workbench before I’m not sure how I would use it. I’d like to build a good all-around bench that can be used make a variety of projects.


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#1 posted 06-20-2011 07:18 PM

I do like the simpler cleaner look of the Lee Valley vise versus others. I’m just wondering if it’s as versitile as another option.

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 07:31 PM

I used a Groz Rapid action vise for my face vise and I really like it. I thought I would save a dollar or two and got a Groz front vise to use as a tail. Thats the one where you just get the frame, screw, and guide rods and you must provide the jaw faces. I hate this vise. The guides are way too small and loose to be of any value. Unless you keep the workpiece perfectly centered the vise will rack and bind up and never get tight enough to hold anything. I’m taking this piece of junk off my bench and getting me another rapid action. They are a lot harder to install, but worth the trouble.

Having said all that, I wish I had known Jorgensen made vises before I got mine. I would have gotten their vise because I like all their other products and most, if not all, are made in the USA.

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 08:06 PM

I’m building my workbench using Benchcrafted vises.

I haven’t installed it yet, but the parts look beautifully machined.

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 08:13 PM

I think that there is no one-vise-fits-all and it’s very personal to each of us depending on what type of work we do, and how we use our workbenches.

It is so easy to fall victim of what’s hot in the market or what gets rave reviews and think that this is the vise that will solve all of our problems (me included)

I personally have a wagon vise that I made myself and while it’s great, I am not sure it’s better per se than any quick release vise that you could buy. What I find is that I pretty much only use the tail/wagon vise to pinch parts between bench dogs to plane them flat or work on them, so as long as you have a vise that can be setup with bench dogs you’d be OK, quick release would be nice. other than that as I said – I think it’s personal and whatever looks good to you, or may work for you could be different than others.

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 09:15 PM

Garyp, I said I really like the rapid action type of face vise made by Groz.

The cheaper frame only, what they call a front vise, is what I do not like.

The front vise pictured is a Woodriver vise, because I couldn’t find a picture of the Groz.
Maybe they discontinued it since it was waste of time tt start with.

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