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Forum topic by camps764 posted 01-12-2013 02:12 PM 3637 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2013 02:12 PM

Looking at the forums, this seemed like the right place to ask.

Does anyone have recommendations for a 9” Bench Screw?

A little context…

I have been working through Norm Abram’s New Yankee Workshop book and blogging about it (You can see it here if you are interested)

I am getting ready to start on the next project in the book, the Workbench. The plans for the workbench in the book call for a 9” Swedish bench screw from woodcraft…I wasn’t able to find the specific bench screw it calls for so i did some googling and came up with a 9” Veener Press Screw that looks like it will do the job. You can check it out here

I need to do a little more exploring but it looks/sounds like what I need, and the price is definitely right.

Anyone reading this forsee any issues with using it?

Or, do you have any other recommendations?

I’ve also seen people on the internet recommend getting a long piece of all thread and making a bench screw…but I think I read somewhere that the number of threads (sorry if this is the wrong terminology) is wrong and will make it take FOREVER to actually clamp it down.

I will keep exploring and address the issue in the first Workbench blog where I detail all the materials necessary. But I’d also like to include any thoughts people have on the issue in the blog – this place is FULL of very knowledgeable people – which I love.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 04:30 PM

I have two veneer presses that use those screws and they work very well. If you can adapt them to your use they may work OK but they have short handles for a main vice screw and I’m not sure how you plan to configure them.

If you want to try a different solution, my bench uses a very different but effective and inexpensive vice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 04:55 PM

“but I think I read somewhere that the number of threads “

The correct term is Threads Per Inch (TPI). Yes you are correct as the TPI increases the number of turns to close or open the vice will increase. Without measuring I guess most vice screws are closer to 4 TPI.

A side note Taylor Products, the INCRA folks, have made great use of the fact that 32 tpi means that a quarter turn moves a nut a little less than 0.001”.

Why not expand your design / modification skills and buy something close from Rockler, Woodcraft, etc.?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 06:20 PM

Here is a bench screw that Wood craft has. It is 17” but I am sure if you search Rockler, Lee Valley and some of the other onlline suppliers you can find a 9” fairly easily.

I think you will find that veneer press screw has too fine threads (tpi) for a really functional vise. You might look for tail vise screw that might bring up more possibilities in your search

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 06:52 PM

Are you making a shoulder vise or a wagon vise?

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 10:49 PM

Thanks for all of the great input everyone!

Shipwright – Your V8 bench is awesome, thanks for sharing that! I favorited it. Down the road, after I’ve finished the NYW project I’d like to tackle a nicer workbench and I’d like to use some of your designs as a starting point, I love your approach.

JesseTutt- Thanks for the info on TPI and confirming what I had read. I didn’t really want to go down the acme thread route without more information. As you recommended, I’m going to modify the design slightly to accommodate a different vice.

I found a 10” woodworkers heavy duty vice at Harbor Freight for $25, I will be modifying the tail vice portion of the bench slightly to make it work.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 05:29 PM

When I built my bench I looked at the Harbor Freight vice but was not sure of its quality. Please review this vice after you have used it, it could become a low cost vice for small benches.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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