Workbench End Vice for Cheapskates Like Me

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Forum topic by WheelsAF posted 11-11-2011 06:17 AM 1923 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2011 06:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench vise end vise

I thought I would get opinions on an idea for a cheap end wagon vise for the Roubo workbench I intend to build.

My idea is as follows:
- Use an inexpensive ($25US) Rockler 9” Press Vise for the screw—my thinking is that this screw doesn’t need to be very powerful or very long
- Screw would move a captured block or wagon (with dog holes) that is on hardwood runners…here comes the interesting part…
- The runners would be sandwiched between short ball-bearing drawer glides ($15US/pair). The drawer glides would be above and below the two runners and would be in dadoes on either side of the wagon. These would prevent racking of the runners and make up a little for the stiffness of the cheap screw.


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#1 posted 11-12-2011 07:44 PM

Interesting idea. I’ve been planning to make a Roubo vise, but it will require some modifications to adapt to a somewhat unconventional bench base. I would like to see a sketch of your idea. Also, have you considered using pillow blocks o ce rails instead of the drawer slides?

-- Ron Ramsey, Rochester Hills,

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