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Forum topic by john1102 posted 12-06-2011 03:11 AM 1819 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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john1102

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12-06-2011 03:11 AM

I am looking at building a workbench and looking at a less expensive version for a vise. I came across this website and saw this pony clamp version being used as a vise and wondered why i don’t see more of these used on benches. Has anyone used this type of vise and what pros an cons are there. Please use the link below to view the vise/workbench.

http://www.blumtool.com/pages/fullsizeworkbenches.html

Thank you


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#1 posted 12-07-2011 12:26 AM

John, I expect that that setup would work very well but will be a little slower than a real woodworking vise. For hobby use that should not be an issue. I say go for it. After a little use your own question will be answered, and later on you ll still have the ponys for use on pipe clamps.

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 02:32 AM

I’m looking into building my first workbench and I saw several of these. The one that intrigued me the most was the leg vise with a pony clamp. I can’t find the link to it, but I think it was pretty cool because I only needed one pony clamp. As far as construction goes, the blumtool ones look much easier to make though.

Also, look up “New Fangled Workbench”. That one uses pipe clamps as well.

Currently, I’m thinking about building a Roubo style workbench with the pony clamped leg vise.

-- Charles from California

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 02:37 AM

One more thing to add… the tops of the blumtool benches are pretty thin. The website says it is made from 3/4” ply. One of the reasons I am favoring the Roubo is the thick tops (3 to 4” thick) for stability. But the problem is, with a thick top, you can’t get the clamp holes as close to the tabletop edge. I think with a thicker vise face, that might be ok though.

-- Charles from California

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 02:38 AM

I don’t know about those vices. seems to me someone else would have figured out a better vice by now. However, did you see their handplanes??? Those are interesting, and beautiful too.

-- Mike

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