Need some help finishing my vise install

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Forum topic by newbirdhunter posted 04-19-2013 09:41 AM 1333 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2013 09:41 AM

hi there.

built my first workbench and trying to finish up by installing my vise and attaching the benchtop which I made out of 3 layers of 3/4” MDF. I began to install my Eclipse quick release vise but have run into a roadblock. I am not sure how to install the front portion of the vise. I cut the benchtop to allow for the rear portion to be inset but now am not sure if i have to drill or cut into my bench’s apron. I have attached pics to better show what i am describing.

Any help on how to finish this would be appreciated.



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#1 posted 04-19-2013 05:03 PM

where the biice mounting plate has been located, i can only see two options. 1) notch the apron to provide clearance for the vice’s rails. 2) raise the bench top enough so that there’s clearance between the underside of the bench top and the top of the bench’s frame. this could be done through a raised ladder frame. it would mean increasing the height of the bench top , unless the legs could be shortened.

maybe the easiest thing to do would be to remake the bench top and make it 1’ longer than the base frame and reposition the vice to the overhang. this overhang on one end could be used to secure the vice, although i’d probably not want to use mdf for something like that. guess that’s why a lot of bench designs have the vice mounted towards an end or edge of a bench top.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 05:49 PM

thank you Toolie, appreciate the response. I’ve decided to go ahead and re-make the top.

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