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10-14-2018 06:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench vise vise design vise style woodworking vise

I’m in the middle of building a massive workbench where the tabletop is made of 28 2×4’s standing up on their short edges. I dont have the support currently to complete the project (additional people are required) so I currently have them spread across two Kreg portable tables and that’s been working well this far. I’m looking for a vise that would be flush with the workbench top face like a front vise or a tail/side vise. Is there anything that exists where clearance below the table top is not needed (besides a standard 5” metal jaw style that just mounts on the top of the workbench? I’m not too familiar with visas so I thought I would ask. The reason I dont have clearance below (yet) is because the table top is resting ON those portable/sawhorse tables below. Just thought I would ask. I can send pics if that would help with a more thorough explanation of my setup. I’d be willing to even drill/mount the threads of a vise through the tabletop if that is at all a possibility.

Thanks,

Dan


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#1 posted 10-14-2018 06:59 PM

Most I’ve seen anchor to the bottom mainly.

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 07:12 PM

Dan, I made a bench like you describe years ago and used the standard
8” steel bench vise – I had to mortice out a pocket for the vise to mount properly
under the table. then, a piece of 1×6 oak for the closing part to be flush with the bench top.
the “quick release” mechanism is a nice feature to have.
you can figure it out – it just takes a little bit of “ingenuity”.

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 07:13 PM

might help to know more about what holding work you are wanting to do with the vise. Bar Clamps and such can do a lot of different holding jobs. You could even use a hold down for some tasks.

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 10:22 PM

I installed a vise that John Smith has suggested next to my drill press, inexpensive, very functional for what I use it for and easy to install. I’ve also installed three Grizzly H7788 vises on another bench. Check out different vises online from Rockler, Grizzly, ebay, etc. to compare. Install your wood jaw to the height you need. You could hold you wood to the side of the wood bench with F-clamps to save cost.

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 01:16 PM

Since it’s just temporary while you are on sawhorses, consider this approach:

Using hardware you already have.
And then get a good Eclipse vise once the benchtop is on legs.

The image is from a Woodworker’s Journal tips+tricks book.
Many variations on that theme can be imagined that could even be more permanent and easy to use.

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#6 posted 10-18-2018 04:17 AM

You may want to check out youtube.com and search “F clamp vise” or “moxon vise”. to get some Ideas. One of the ones I like is by “working with DIY tools”, “How to make a cheapMoxon Vise”. Some are similar to JohnMcClure sugestions.

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 06:50 AM

Add or subtract from the bottom as needed. Or look at portable Moxon vices.

https://youtu.be/TqE-2cPZdL4

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#8 posted 10-18-2018 03:29 PM

Good ideas, I’ll keep on the lookout. For a little more info, I’ll primarily be using the vise to hold wooden pieces that I’m assembling, drilling, cutting, planing, etc. The perfect vise for me is the standard front vise with wooden jaws and a long wooden handle to screw it tight with. I’d have it roughly 18” wide and have a clamping ability of maybe 12” or so. Nothing too fancy, just wanted to know if there was something I hadn’t seen yet that didn’t require clearance beneath the table top.

Thanks again,

Dan

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#9 posted 10-18-2018 05:41 PM



Good ideas, I ll keep on the lookout. For a little more info, I ll primarily be using the vise to hold wooden pieces that I m assembling, drilling, cutting, planing, etc. The perfect vise for me is the standard front vise with wooden jaws and a long wooden handle to screw it tight with. I d have it roughly 18” wide and have a clamping ability of maybe 12” or so. Nothing too fancy, just wanted to know if there was something I hadn t seen yet that didn t require clearance beneath the table top.

Thanks again,

Dan

- gauntlet21


Seems like a moxon vice would work for you. You can make it any lenght you want. It can be clamped to the top of you or mounted flush with you bench or moved to either position easy enough.

This is a photo of mine in both positions.

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#10 posted 10-18-2018 06:00 PM

Hold up a second here. If I understand your correctly, you want to temporarily mount a vise that sits flush with the face of your unassembled bench. Ok, fine. But you are looking to buy one short term just for this stage? Ooookkkkay. And the vise can’t go underneath the bench top because of how you are holding it temporarily? You’ve now totally lost me.

The end of the table can overhang your base, even a sawhorse, by a couple of feet. So mount the vise you ultimately want to use with your fully assembled bench to the face or the end of your bench top.

I wouldn’t bother mortising the top to fit the inner face of the vise or anything like that. Just mount it proud of the bench temporarily while you finish your base. Use a couple pieces of scrap for the jaws to bring them up to the level of the table.

Moxon vises are great, you should totally make one if you want. But this all sounds like a distraction. Buy the vises you are going to use on the workbench and get busy making the base.

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#11 posted 10-18-2018 09:43 PM

^ I was wondering many of the same things (just too lazy to type it up). Thanks ian!

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