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BerBer5985

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12-19-2011 03:02 AM

I’m about to start designing my first workbench. This will hopefully be a budget build for my first go round, so most likely whitewood for the base and then maybe douglas fir or southern yellow pine if I can find it. I have an older Made in the USA Columbian Vice with a sliding bench dog on it which I was thinking of using, but then I started browsing benchcrafted and they have some wonderful vices. I was thinking that woodworking vice I have currently plus a moxon vice or tail vice would be sufficient. What do people recommend for Vices? I’m mostly into making smaller projects like boxes and things, but my wife has been bugging me to make some bookshelves and bar stools, but beyond that, I’ve really been enjoying doing dovetails. Any suggestions as to what vice would be worth putting into the first bench? There’s also the veritas double screw vice that would work well too. I need suggestions! haha

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com


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jmos

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 04:10 AM

I’m also going to be building a workbench soon. I’ve decided on a leg vise for the face vise and a twin screw for the tail vise.

I got two individual metal screws for the twin screw vise; I’ll have to move them independently, which is a down side versus the Veritas or LN, but they’re inexpensive, rugged, and have almost no parts to break. I also like cutting dovetails, and a 24” twin screw on the face sounded good, but as an end vise I’ll still get a lot of capacity(~18” between screws). Having the full width chop, with dog holes, on the end vise will allow me to clamp just about anything to the bench top.

I’m going with a homemade leg vise to keep costs down too. Although for this I popped for the wooden screw; very fast and strong. I’m also installing a deadman to assist in clamping long boards; the main reason I decided against the twin screw in the face position. I think the leg vise will be a bit more versatile on the face.

I’m also planning on making the legs flush with the top to provide more clamping options.

Good luck.

-- John

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 05:27 AM

My shop made Moxon vise I posted recently has been very useful (it gets used WAY more than I thought it would). I’m very glad that I made it where it opens to 11” as I clamp boxes to sand. It pretty much does everything I want a bench vise to do. And it cost almost nothing to build.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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crank49

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 08:22 AM

I have to admit, I’m addicted to the woodworking vice too.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 02:23 PM

BerBer, I have two old Columbian vices on my bench. They are at least 35 years old, and I use them both all the time. The one at the end, I use with a variety of bench dogs and this proves extremely handy when sanding or routing.

Be sure to post photos!

rbo

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Tedstor

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 02:35 PM

If I built a bench today, it would llikely have a leg vise and would definitely have a wagon vise. I feel this combo offers a ton of versatility and doesn’t cost a week’s salary.

Also, you should design the bench in a manner that allows you to use f-clamps and/or C-clamps to attach workpieces to the bench. That way, you’ll still be covered when your vises can’t accomodate the occasional off-the-wall clamping challenge.

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Rileysdad

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 02:41 PM

Before you pull the trigger on vices, make sure you take a look at the Hovarter line. Pretty cool engineering there.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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BerBer5985

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 04:08 PM

Those hovarti vices are nice but pricey. Almost $400. I’m leaning towards a twin screw of some format and some other type. Haha there are too many choices!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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BerBer5985

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 07:09 AM

I also saw sone nice wood screw vices from Erie tools or something like that which look awesome as well and prices aren’t horrible. I even thought about getting some dowel cutters and wood threaders and making my own. Always an excuse to buy a new tool ;). The truth is I don’t want to spend my Months salary on this workbench but I dont want to cheap out, be unhappy and end up having to upgrade later.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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BerBer5985

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 07:16 AM

Or A 1 1/2 threader kit made in the USA by beall made with vice screws in mind. Might be a nice way to make both vices for the cost of the $100 tool.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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crank49

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#10 posted 12-22-2011 02:38 AM

Gambling is a VICE.
Drinking is a VICE.

That frigging thing on the workbench that holds stuff while you work on it is a VISE.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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bondogaposis

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 03:47 AM

Is it a vice to misspell vise?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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JoeMcGlynn

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#12 posted 12-22-2011 04:21 AM

^^^
Owning too many handplanes is a vice. Not complaining, just reporting.

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JoeMcGlynn

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#13 posted 12-22-2011 04:25 AM

My two cents on vises: make sure the jaws close parallel, and that they don’t rack. The tail vise on my cheesy “craftsman cabinetmaker bench” racks if you look at it crooked. It’s useless.

I like the idea of a wagon vise and a leg vise combo. I’m pretty tall, and stooping over the bench to saw dovetails isn’t optimal, I think an add-on moxon vise sitting on top of the bench is a good solution.

-- Blog: http://mcglynnonmaking.wordpress.com/

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BerBer5985

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#14 posted 12-22-2011 05:07 AM

Hahaha I spelled vise wrong! Son of a ….. My bad guys! My vice is this board. I’m addicted!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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