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Forum topic by Duckster posted 09-17-2014 11:58 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Duckster

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09-17-2014 11:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vice need help suggestions oak pine shaping traditional

I am fairly new to forums and blogs so here it goes.
I’m building my first handmade work table and I have never had a vise except the old metal, tabletop that I put my shovels in to sharpen :-))
I am wanting to mount one on the end of the table. I have 2×4’s glued together now. Started today.The table will be 30” wide and 5’ long. I am cutting and planing some old red oak barn wood down to one inch, which I am going to cover the table with.
Any suggestions on a moderately price vice?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus


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CharlieK

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 01:25 AM

HI Duckster,

There are LOTS of different vises on the market. Everyone has their favorite and some of them get kind of spendy. I like the Record style quick release vises. Record is out of business and you can still buy used ones on ebay, but they go for around $250.

Woodcraft has a few different Record knock-offs that get fairly good reviews. The 10” is nicer because it opens up to 15”, but the 7” is cheaper and it will work for most tasks. Woodcraft Knock-Off Vise

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Duckster

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 01:30 AM

Thanks CharlieK. Does that just bolt up to the bottom of the bench?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Duckster

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 01:42 AM

Thanks again CharlieK. I just ordered the Groz 10 1/2”. Appreciate the advise.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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jacquesr

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 02:19 AM

Greetings,
I too am building my first small shop.
This is what I was planning to buy:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=54873&cat=1,41659,41661,54873

Is it a good choice?
Tx

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Duckster

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 12:14 PM

It is a good looking vise. I don’t see how many inches it mounts under the table top. Someone told me, for stability you need at least 2” under table top mounting.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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TheWoodenOyster

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 12:24 PM

I have one of the knock offs from woodcraft. Works fine. Someday I’ll make a better one, but a cheap one will do you good for years and years.

P.S. Fellow Texan here who used to do construction down in Houston. I worked for Harvey as a superintendent. Congrats on the retirement.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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CharlieK

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#7 posted 09-19-2014 01:08 AM

HI Jacquesr,

That is a traditional style face (or Front) vise with a quick release feature from Lee Valley. People like the traditional style vises because they look really cool when they are installed with a nice heavy wooden jaw. Lee Valley is a great company and you can’t go wrong with them.

Some people have trouble getting used to that style of quick release because it releases every time you turn the screw backwards. On the other hand, once you do get used to that style it is probably a little faster to open than the vises that release with a lever.

Personally, I prefer steel jaw front vises, but people have been using the traditional style for a very long time and they are as popular as ever!

I hope this helps,
Charlie

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans http://www.Jack-Bench.com

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