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Forum topic by DonJ posted 01-27-2012 11:30 PM 1766 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2012 11:30 PM

I’m getting ready to install a 9” Groz fast release vise to my new workbench. The benchtop is a little less than 2 1/2” thick of laminated white oak. I’ve routed a recess a little less than 1/2” from the top of the workbench top so that the rear vise plate is below the surface and flush to the side of the benchtop. My question is, should I recess the vise even deeper into the side of the benchtop so that I can cover the metal part of the back vise plate with wood?

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 11:39 PM

I have never found that to be neccessary in actual use. If you find yourself working a piece that requires upmost protection just slip a block in there. But I do put a pad (wood) in the working jaw. The only exeption to this for me anyway is on the patternmaker vises, which have protection on both jaws. enjoy JB

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 11:44 PM

I didn’t cover with wood, but rather with leather. Aids in gripping, looks good, less chopping, etc. etc.

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 12:05 AM

Here is a discussion I just had about this a few days ago.
Might find it useful.

I had a band of maple around my bench top and this band was already installed and flush with the face of the legs, Roubo style. I cut a section out, buried the vise behind the band and then put the band back in place.

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 05:40 PM

I didn’t mean to run everyone off.

Anyboby out there?

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 06:30 PM


You didn’t run me off; your comments and sketch cleared my thought process so I could better visualize the install process.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 05:37 AM

crank, i did just what you did except, i put mine in 3/8”, made a fill plate to cover, sweet….

i do need to put some leather on the vise face, but haven’t researched where to get a piece as yet. any ideas?

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 06:07 AM


Go to a thrift shop and buy a used leather belt.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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